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Chaplets, however, were always held in a high degree of estimation, those even which were acquired at the public games. For it was the usage of the citizens to go down in person to take part in the contests of the Circus, and to send their slaves and horses thither as well. Hence it is that we find it thus written in the laws of the Twelve Tables: "If any person has gained a chaplet himself, or by his money,1 let the same be given to him as the reward of his prowess." There is no doubt that by the words "gained by his money," the laws meant a chaplet which had been gained by his slaves or horses. Well then, what was the honour acquired thereby? It was the right secured by the victor, for himself and for his parents, after death, to be crowned without fail, while the body was laid out in the house,2 and on its being carried3 to the tomb.

On other occasions, chaplets were not indiscriminately worn, not even those which had been won in the games.

1 "Pecuniâ." Fée compares this usage with the employment of jockies at horse-races in England and France.

2 "Intus positus esset."

3 "Foris ferretur."

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