CHAP. 5.—THE GREAT HONOUR IN WHICH CHAPLETS WERE HELD
BY THE ANCIENTS.
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
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
to the tomb.
On other occasions, chaplets were not indiscriminately
worn, not even those which had been won in the games.