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Aurelianus and the Praetorian guard by AMELIANVS Aurelianus and the Praetorian guard by AMELIANVS
Emperor Aurelian on his Syrian campaign,standing before combat-ready Praetorian guard in anticipation of major battle against Empire of Palmyra.
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Jfmam Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017
Amazing Illustration!
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franckarcher Featured By Owner May 31, 2017
The solar god protect Aurelian and his army
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017   Photographer
Really amazing work. As someone who can't draw well, let alone paint, I always admire those who have this wonderful talent!! Well done!!

I have a curiosity question: The half-moon/sun design on the soldiers' shields. Is that a creative flourish or do you know where it came from. I am very curious about that and would love to know, thanks!!
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Moon and start motif was one of the oldest in human history.Many different people used it since very ancient times as anybody could see it on the sky.As for the Romans-it was present as decoration of many of their shield designs as early as earliest Empire.And it was also from the early Empire that it become especially typical for decorating Praetorian shields.Motif was securely still in use by them around half of the 3rd century as it is present on some Praetorian tombstones of that time.It continued to be used even after Praetorians on Rome shields and is recorded as far as 5th century.Later it become again present on Roman shields and flags in the context of Constantinople-moon and a star was also ancient symbol of original Greek Byzantion and become a flag of Constantinople too.It is recorded in art in more color variations but the most commonly used was a white moon and a star on a red field.Ottoman Empire adopted it and current Turkish flag is defacto former flag of Constantinople.
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017   Photographer
That's very interesting. Thank you for taking the trouble to explain all this!
Thanks!
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Hot68White Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017
the look Floating Heart (Red) - F2U! Heart 
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akrassia Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017
This is amazing! I'm stunned by your dedication to detail and the way you make the colours so vivid, but also natural-seeming. Great job! 
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Hashashin619 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's an interesting crown shape, it's really unique.
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historian77 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great as always!!!, my favourite 3rd century emperor la-princeps (roman) la-caesar (roman) 
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shuizhong Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017
Me too
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Yurisc Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Were they christian by this time?
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Roman state was not Christian yet although soon it will be.But many Romans already were Christians-although only a minority.Absolutely most of the Romans at this point were still nonchristian.It should be noted that the last pagan communities in the eastern half of the Roman Empire existed as far as 10th century however.
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Yurisc Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see, thanks.
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TedShatner10 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017
It was a more gradual process that started to accelerate in the 3rd century (but they had a Pagan vs Christian fight in the 5th century, but by then it was far too late for non-Christians).
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woodsman2b Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017
Awesome ! The Imperial purple is looking shiny !
Aurelianus the sun of Rome is ready to burn Zenobia and her empire !
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
For sure .-)
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