The word for ordinary spoils is spolia, but for these spolia opima.
But the national library and Mr Huth divided the spolia opima, and doubtless the lions share fell to the latter.
To him the richest spoils of war (spolia opima) were due, and to him the conqueror gave thanks on his return from battle.
This dedication of spolia opima is reserved as a privilege for a general who has slain the opposing general with his own hand.
Cornelius Cossus, having killed Tolumnius, king of the Veientes, offers the second spolia opima.
By far the most remarkable object in the triumph was Cossus, bearing the spolia opima of the king he had slain.