Flocks of sheep and goats are nothing new for Crete. The raising of them occupies a central position among the economic activities of the island. Besides, the breeding of cattle and sheep was regarded by Diodorus as an invention of the Couretes, the Cretan daemons who “dwelt in the mountains, under the shade of thick trees, and in caves and other places that naturally afforded them a shelter and covering.”
Please, check out some articles on Cretan sheeps and lambs in prehistoric, classical and hellenistic Crete. They are very interesting indeed.
The administration of Mycenaean sheep rearing (ﬂocks, shepherds, “collectors”), by Françoise Rougemont.