Victory and Coronation

Like the victorious contestant in the stadium, Jesus and all martyrs who had conquered the trials of life were rewarded with palms or crowns or wreaths.

Date Palm
186. A palm tree, heavy with clusters of dates, symbolizes the fertility of the earth and suggests the Tree of Life. Given its significance as a symbol of victory in the ancient world, the palm tree in a funerary context meant victory over death. Decorated corner. Cubiculum III in the catacomb of Vigna Randanini.

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