A laurel wreath has been the symbol of excellence since Ancient Greece, where the wreath was awarded to great scholars, artists, soldiers, and those athletes who won in competitions such as the Olympic Games. Though wreaths are no longer given, the tradition survives to this day: in England, the Queen appoints a Poet Laureate from amongst the foremost poets of the day, a position the poet holds for life. It is also the basis for the Nobel Laureate’s name.
For a list of the laurels of Ansteorra see The Laurel Roster.
For Laurels who are only with us in spirit see the Ansteorran Laurels in Memorium.