Ptolemaic Gold Wreath

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James Blake Wiener
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published on 08 November 2017

Wreaths like this one formed to resemble flowers and leaves were used to crown athletic victors throughout the ancient Greek world. The Egyptian-born Greek writer Athenaeus of Nitocric (c. late 2nd-3rd century CE) tells of guests wearing gold wreaths on their heads at lavish dinner parties in Alexandria, the Egyptian capital in this period. This wreath is one of four preserved from the ancient world in modern museum collections. It was made between c. 200-100 BCE. (Brooklyn Museum, New York)



About the Author

James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia and its Communications Director.

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