The olive wreath was the prize for the athletes of the first Olympic Games in Ancient Olympia. The olive branch is a symbol of peace and creation and the sacred tree of the city of Athens. The brooch of the olive wreath was the logo of the Olympic games in Athens 2004. It is handmade of solid brass, gold-plated in 24 carats solution.
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The sacred tree of the city of Athens offered by goddess Athena.The olive tree is considered a symbol of peace, fertility, wisdom, prosperity, victory and the Olympic ideals. The ancient Greeks and especially the Athenians worshiped the olive tree. It was the prize for the winners of the ancient Olympic Games and it also known as kotinos. It was an olive branch, in the form of a circle. According to Pausanias, it was introduced by Heracles as a prize for the running race winner, that was held in honour to his father, Zeus. In the ancient Olympic Games, there was only one winner per event, crowned with an olive wreath, from the sacred tree near the temple of Zeus at Olympia. In honor of the ancient tradition of the Olympic Games, olive wreaths were given out during the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.
Golden olive wreaths are held at the Archaeological Museum in Amphipolis and the Archaeological Museum in Thessaloniki.
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