In Greece wreaths were used as an adornment that could represent a person’s occupation, rank, their achievements and status. The wreath that was commonly used was the laurel wreath. The use of this wreath comes from the Greek myth involving Apollo, Zeus’ son and the god of life and light, who fell in love with the nymph Daphne. When he pursued her she fled and asked the river god Peneus to help her. Peneus turned her into a laurel tree. From that day, Apollo wore a wreath of laurel on his head
'Mito e Natura: Dalla Grecia a Pompei' on view at the Palazzo Reale in Milan for Expo 2015 - Alain.R.Truong
Golden Crown, II sec. A.C., Taranto, National Archaeological Museum. Kind concession MiBACT: National Archaeological Museum– Archaeological Superintendence Board of Apulia. – Archive (photo P. Buscicchio).