Therapy with Saffron and the Goddess at Thera

@article{Ferrence2004TherapyWS,
  title={Therapy with Saffron and the Goddess at Thera},
  author={Susan C Gordon Ferrence and Gordon Bendersky},
  journal={Perspectives in Biology and Medicine},
  year={2004},
  volume={47},
  pages={199 - 226}
}
This paper presents a new interpretation of a unique Bronze Age (c. 3000-1100 BCE) Aegean wall painting in the building of Xeste 3 at Akrotiri, Thera. Crocus cartwrightianus and its active principle, saffron, are the primary subjects at Xeste 3. Several lines of evidence suggest that the meaning of these frescoes concerns saffron and healing: (1) the unusual degree of visual attention given to the crocus, including the variety of methods for display of the stigmas; (2) the painted depiction of… 

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