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Belisarius under the walls of Rome by AMELIANVS Belisarius under the walls of Rome by AMELIANVS
This is an episode from the great Gothic war and year long(537-38) defence of the former Roman Capital by small eastern army lead by famous general Belisar.After being sucesfull in repulsing major attack of the huge gothic army(150 000 says Procopios,but more likely "only"around 50 000)and having also upper hand in numerous skirmishes,Belisar's soldiers and civilians convince Belisar to leave relative safety of Rome's walls,use the luck which seemed to be at their side and engage the gothic army in open battle on the plains around the City,which afterwards lead almost to a complete disaster and only with great amount of luck on thier side Romans managed to retreat behind city walls again.
As procopios described,Roman infantry was dissatisfied after learning their High commander did not inted to use them in upcoming fight in any active or important role,leaving offensive and decisive actions solely to his cavalry units.But two commanders isaurian Tarmatus and Principius from Belisars own household,persuaded him to change his mind,noting also,that it was Roman infantry who built up to Romans an empire in the past.

At the picture Belisar mounted on heavily armoured warhorse near porta Salaria,is surrounded by his regular army units with elite cavalry marching from porta Salaria and forming behind him.In the foreground members of regular Isaurian infantry regiment hold their ground with a massed body of low quality additional infantry made up of Rome's citizens "volunteers" stands under their own flag(Bearing letters Bandvs Roma and stylized image of Colosseum).Principius in the centre just comes before Belisarius with their complaints,behind him Tarmatus is holding a standard bearing an image of imperial couple Justinian and Theodora on the purple field.

Belisarius personal Draco standard is almost the same as fantastic painter Igor Dzis repeatedly have painted in his depictions of belisar's battles.So this is my little tribute to him :-).
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giovanino Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
wow nice
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Zimices Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist
Fantastic works, I really like the Late Antiquity and you are making a lot of this :)
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Lunatic38 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
Beautiful work, :) I have been wondering why people started wearing pants in late antiquity, maybe it was a colder period?
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Although it seems during 6th century some asteroid or comet colided with earth causing indeed little colder climate pants were already very much adopted in the Roman world centuries before and it was quite simply only a turn in fashion.It seems reasonable that fashion of vearing pants spread mainly from eastern regions and that first group in society who adopted them as first in great numbers were Roman soldiers and they done it very likely from practical reasons-simply because serving somwhere like britain required little bit different types of clothing.By early 4th century wearing of pants was firmly established at all levels of the Roman society including emperors-but what seems interresting to me yet even during  early 5th century laws pants are explicitly regarded as a barbarian fashion not worthy of real Romans :-)
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Lunatic38 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Thankyou for replying. :)

That is interesting, meaning eastern/parthian "barbarians" style of pants?

I then wonder about the materials and elaborate patterns. Are these cotton or silk even? I imagine those pants to be more comfy...
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HiCalCon Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
My new favourite on DA! Amazing! I love how much detail there is.
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
He,thanks very much that is really a great compliment...perhaps there will be better oictures in the future .-)
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Jfmam Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
I really love this painting. I must admit my complete lack of knowledge of this event; though that really makes this painting all the more illuminating for me.
I have to say, it never ceases to amaze me how colourful things were back then.

Anyway, thanks for making this, and all the similar works you have done!
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3452te Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013

Sweet mithras, how long did it take to do a fascinating depiction of the byzantine Romans in the city of rome.

 

And if Hollywood ever did a movie like this, tell them to you. This'll surely beat any period film.

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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
How long?Long!Certainly much longer then I would want.

And if Hollywood ever did a movie like this...If it did,prepare yourself on another Roman movie with completely wrong imitations of real roman armours and horrible costumes put into completely different era than they should be .-)

P.S:Maybe you know this but during late sixties movie on this theme was produced in Europian co-production(but mostly German) and it is known under various names mainly as "Fight for Rome","Last Roman"in U.S distribution or "Kampf um Rom from 1968/69.

But it mostly looks like typical Hollywood product and popular imagination of how Roman soldires looked: www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwY7Ju…
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