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Battle of the Frigidus River by AMELIANVS Battle of the Frigidus River by AMELIANVS
Two important things should be known about this older piece
-composition is borrowed from the great and unfortunately already deceased illustrator Angus McBride.You may see his original painting here:
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-and secondly-Angus original is one of my favorite Roman battle scenes and I always wondered how would it look like if the battle was placed in another time.This is kinda my humble tribute to him

So I used this image for my personal training and set it almost two hundred years ahead to 394 in which Western Roman Empire fought a bloody battle with Eastern Roman Empire.It is known that Western army fought under old pagan symbols and Eastern under new Christian ones and that question of religion played very important role there.It was last great hurrah for pagans in roman state but Eastern empire won and just a few months after,Christianity was declared the only allowed religion in all of Roman Empire.
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enrico-ors-91 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah! I live by the Frigidus river!! :thumbsup::XD:
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Well, you can recreate the battle there =) (Smile) !
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enrico-ors-91 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hah, that would be fun! :XD:
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vytai Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014

I love the vibrant colors and the care you've put in rendering the details of the armor, the helmets, the sword handles and the shields. This piece is a treat to look at. Good work.

 

 

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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.Myself Im rather struggling with those vibrant colors-I think too much vibrant but perhaps my newer things are better in this and also more "mine"as this piece have its composition entirely borrowed from old master Angus Mcbride :-)
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johan77 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Excellent!
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TheGamemaster7771 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Fantastic illustration!
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wolfmoon25 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Such a tragedy, despite their winnings at the Frigidus River, the pagans and their way of life were swept away by the corrupting force and hypocrisy of Christianity and the other Abrahamic religions. Strength, loyalty, spiritual embrace - all gone to support an already crumbling state by that time. I am an atheist, but - LONG LIVE PAGANISM!!!
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MadaiTalmai Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
Oh yes paganism taught SOOOOO much moral value then Christianity. Like let's not forget the pagan Ammonites how they killed off own babies in the name of Moloch, a piece of stone that didn't do anything.

Yeah paganism is right in the same hypocritical boat as with the other faiths in murdering and doing harm! So before you go say "LONG LIVE PAGANISM!!!" do a little history check.
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jelk1 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Fantastic. Its great to see more and more paintings featuring the army of ancient Rome - a subject I've only just delved into in the last two years but have loved for around 25!
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