There are archaeological discoveries from prehistoric Greece which allow us to conclude that this period there was a recognized group of people who were specialized in healing/therapeutics, which used the big and rich natural pharmacy from where they sourced the necessary materials to prepare their drugs. The study of Linear B tablets led to the identification of several aromatic plants (fennel, cumin, celery, cardamom, coriander, spearmint, iris) with curative properties.
The Minoan Age mural paintings confirm the great usage of crocus as aroma, pharmaceutical and paint material. The mural painting of Knossos Palace from 2nd millennium B.C. with the “crocus-collector” mandrill, is known. The famed mural painting “crocus-collectors” from Santorini of 16th Century B.C., where young girls wearing colorful clothes collect crocus from the rocks, is very characteristic.
We can see a generous depiction of crocus, even in the air, with an observable design of the flower stigmas, because of their meaning. These paintings with the ritual collections of crocus, show the importance of crocus as painting and pharmaceutical material, during that age.