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.
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.