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Liana Miate
published on 29 June 2022

Gold wreaths that imitate natural ones come mainly from royal tombs in Macedonia, Asia Minor and southern Italy. The crowning of the dead with a wreath signified that they were worthy of being rewarded with eternal life after death.

The preference for a particular plant species was presumably related to the deity worshipped by the family of the deceased. Wreaths of myrtle are associated with Aphrodite, Demeter and Persephone.

4th-3rd century BCE. (Hellenic Museum, Melbourne, Victoria).

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Liana Miate
Liana is the Social Media Editor for Ancient History Encyclopedia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in ancient Greece, Rome & Late Antiquity. She is particularly passionate about Rome and Greece, and anything to do with mythology or women.

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