How Trophies Came To Be


The word trophy came from the Greek word “tropaion,” which came from the verb “trope.” It means “to rout.” Trophies were thought as symbols of victory in war battles back in ancient Greece. People used to create them on the battlegrounds of successful battles, with the bases carved with the details of the fight and a dedication to the god they believed assisted them in winning the battle.

As for the Romans during ancient times, trophies were kept close to homes. They were exceedingly big and were frequently placed on columns and arches instead of being an accolade to the victors and the gods on the battlefield.

Although not a great deal is known about its history during the Middle Ages, it is clear that they were presented in sporting events in the late 1600s. Silver chalices were the common shapes used then, as well as two-handled sterling cups.

Probably the ultimate mark of victory is a trophy. The regular setting is the bigger the trophy, the highest the achievement. From the largest of contests, such as major sports events, to the humblest of matches, like a local elementary school’s Spelling Bee contest, trophies are everywhere.

Today, trophies come in various types and sizes. Although cups and chalices are still common, they now come in almost every shape thinkable, such as stars, human forms, abstract, and animal forms.

Also, materials used nowadays are much less expensive than silver and gold. Steel, pewter, crystal, and plastic are not just sensible, they can also be mass produced.

Trophies aren’t just given during sports competitions. They are also given in acknowledgment of individual or group achievement. The Academy Awards, a celebrated Hollywood awards events, is a great example. Individual skills like acting, directing and producing, as well as group efforts, such as best film and cast, are recognized with a trophy shaped like a human being.

It’s not only a reward for a particular accomplishment in sports, acting, discovery or other skills. A trophy symbolizes triumph and status. It doesn’t only mean being able to outdo your opponents in a game or contest or being the leader in your area of expertise. Being honored with a trophy likewise means being part of the trophy’s legacy.

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