• Ancient Rome
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

Related to the Practice of "Spolia Opima", The Tropaion was a practice and device which actually developed in Ancient Greece  (and later adopted by Rome). In earlier times (possibly The Roman Kingdom Period), the taking of any and all Armor and Weapons of an Enemy, was highly regarded (by both Soldier and Officer). To display such, special shaped trees were sought out near a Roman Camp. The tree was required to be "Cross shaped". The Enemy Equipment was placed in such a way, as to resemble a type of Mannequin. More and more pieces were added for display. Later, during The Republic and Imperial Periods, specially made Tropaions were used to be carried and shown. The Modern word "Trophy" derived from The Tropaion.