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HILARITAS (Gaiety or Joy personified). - On most Roman coins this legend has for its accompanying type the figure of a matron, standing with a long foliaged branch of palm in her right hand, which she plants in the ground. - Green branches are the sign of gladness; and thence among all nations, on occasions of both public and private, it was the custom to ornament streets, temples, gates, houses, and even entire cities, with branches and leaves of trees. In her left hand Hilarity holds the cornucopiae; sometimes a patera supplies the place of a branch; sometimes a hasta; at other times a flower; but the palm is the most frequent and peculiar attribute.
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