Excerpt from The Brooches of Many Nations
The brooches of classic times were known as fibulae. These differ according to the manners and customs Of the various nations who adopted them: their religious tenets frequently in¿uencing the peculiar motif of the designs. So interes... ting is the development of the fibula from the humble safety-pin ornament, that we will trace it to its origin. To do so, it will be necessary to examine the jewellery as worn by the Babylonians and the early Egyptians, that we may carefully trace the first clue to those magnificent brooches which have been handed down to us from various finds, and which form SO important a part in the history of, not only the religious beliefs, but also Of the arts and crafts Of nations whose works still live.
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