A ribbon or band of cloth tied around the head, constraining the hair, or around a helmet. The colour of, and any patterns on, a diadem usually proclaim the wearer’s rank, position, purpose, or group affiliation. For example, a saffron diadem is worn by an emperor, a monarch, a marshal, and a general; a yellow diadem, by a legate or other judge; a dark-green diadem, by a commissioned officer. A black diadem is worn by people acting under oath, such as jurors and witnesses giving testimony. A cloth-of-gold diadem is awarded to victorious generals and to victors at great games, and is the badge of an aretos. A person undertaking a rescue, desperate assault, or other gallant action will often wear a scarlet diadem. Soldiers and members of [[[fratery | frateries]] and abbeys often wear a diadem with a symbol identifying their tagma, fratery, or abbey embroidered on it.

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