They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!” Mark 15:17-18
The scriptural reference from the Gospel of Mark is identical to the one used to describe Jesus condemnation robe, except the emphasis here is on the Crown of Thorns. The likeliest intent of the Roman soldiers was a cruel parody of the civic crown wore by the emperor. Such a crown was a military decoration presented by soldiers to those who had saved the lives of Roman citizens, and had become imperial regalia since Augustus, who in his time had been hailed as “Savior of the World.” Obviously, the irony of this symbolism will not be lost to any Christian. Cassiodorus, a Roman statesman and writer (c 570) spoke of thorns along other relics which he considered to be the glory of Christ’s coming. “There”, he says, we may behold the thorny crown, which was only set upon the head of our Redeemer in order that all the thorns of the world might be gather together and broken.