The symbol

Originating in ancient Greece and Italy, the Acanthus (Greek Akanto - Latin Acantus ) is a thorny plant with brilliant flowers, whose broad leaves, long, green and symmetrically cut are very decorative

Its leaves were widely used as architectural models in the construction of temples and sacred monuments. The classical architecture adopted it as an ornament after the modification done by sculptors in the column cap of a temple built at Corinth, the identification of a people - the Corinthians - that represented in stone sculpture the elegance, beauty and love.

With the passing of time and the seasons, consists of ancient history that the acanthus leaf has also been recognized and associated in the warriors and civilians legions of Rome to many virtues, among them the belief, courage, work, persistence, organization and responsibility.

The magistrates of the time, appointed by the Emperor, authenticated documents with a seal that had its characteristic.

In the Trojan War, the leaders and men elected to the acanthus leaves its symbol because it is great, ornamental and especially dried easily with a slight yellow-gold, hanging from the entries in their "tents logistics." Thus, in emergency situations, were easily located within their camps.

Assyrians, Chaldeans, Medes and Persians also used the same procedures in the logistics of battle.

In hosts of Agamemnon, the legendary hero, King of Maecenas, whose courage and bravery developed in the glorious exploits of Troy inspired to the immortal Homer the "Iliad" and "Odyssey" - beautiful poems, a mixture of legend and history - also sheet of Acanthus was remembered.

In France, at the time of Richelieu, the great Cardinal of Louis XII, the symbol was also associated with a primary logistics of financial control.