goddess Melissae3 February,2016melissaerhodesgreece_195qgsf9 The usefulness and benefits of bees for mankind has been acknowledged by more than one ancient civilizations. There are explicit references to bees in various myths of, amongst other, Ancient Greece. Interestingly, priestesses in the temples of Diana, Venus, Ceres and Cybele, in Ancient Greece, where referred to as “Melissae” (the Greek word for Bees). Nymphs Amalthea and Melissa, daughters of Melisseus, Kind of Crete, are said to have nurtured Zeus with milk and honey. The myth has it that Melissa was later appointed by her royal father as the first priestess of the Great Mother, under the name of “Melissae”.