In Greek and Roman mythology, the son of Apollo and the nymph Cyrene, Aristaeus, is believed to have been born in Libya. He later traveled to Thebes, where he received instruction from the Muses in the arts of healing and prophecy. Aristaeus is credited with introducing the cultivation of bees and cheese making. He is also regarded as the protector of herdsmen and hunters. Photo: Beehive used as Child’s tomb. Classical Hellenistic Period, Eritria.