Crowns of Ancient Rome

crowns of the Roman empire

This print of the crowns of ancient Rome is taken from a book entitled "The Antiquities of Rome" printed in 1731. We can clearly see a significant range of crowns for a number of different purposes, the first of which is perhaps the best known: the laurel wreath or "Corona Triumphalis" which would have been worn during a triumphal parade. The laurel had it's own symbolism of course: it was the plant sacred to the god Apollo.

It is clear that the ancient Romans employed crowns as a symbol of glory which wasn't necessarily reserved to the King, Consuls or Emperor alone but would be worn under particular circumstances by men of great worth such as generals who had achieved notable objectives.

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