THE OLIVE TREE, SYMBOL OF MEDITERRANEAN COUNTRIES


 Greek vase (420 BC)
Greek vase (420 BC)
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For the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans as well as for Christians and Muslims, the olive tree and oil belong to everyday life. They take part, as well, in myths and History.

 

Symbol of the alliance between gods and men, or simple token of welcome, olive oil is a fundamental element of Mediterranean civilization.