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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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Slaytaninc Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
This sends huge chills down my spine.
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks-great to read it :-)
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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  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

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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Jfmam Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
You have to say though, if hypothetically, Hollywood did make an historically correct movie on this subject, it would be epic.
Personally, besides this, I'd like to see a film/s about Emperor Theodosius. I think it would make a particularly interesting topic.
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
If it did it would be visualy much more striking than any ancient movie it ever produced .-)
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Jfmam Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Yeah.
The thing I don't get is how when they do make films on these sort of subjects, they take so many liberties with the details. I just don't understand why they think they need to change this stuff; it's already very interesting, for goodness sake!
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Maybe if more people know how it looked in reality Hollywod and rest of movie makers would be forced at least to much more accurate costums.In fact hollywood spectacles often hired historians to consult  with but  in the finale those historians are the last ones to have any word and they are rather hired only to place their name into titles so that ordinary people might live in impression how historically "accurate" movie they certainly watch if it was created with the help of professional historians...I heard already some fun storyes about it from such historians-on the other hand it is very well payed job for doing nothing but sitting and be quiet.-)
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Jfmam Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Oh well, we can always live in hope that things will change.
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FlavivsAetivs Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Saw this on RAT, love it!
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ferdinky Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
another great work! hold on! :)
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Gaiiten Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
Excellent. I have to Hand it to you, your love of expressing even the smallest details is exemplarily.
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TedShatner10 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
A good piece of art and education.

They said that Justinian's annexation of Italy (in a almost vainglorious attempt to revitalise the shrunken, past its prime Roman Empire) caused more destruction to the region than the barbarian migration during the gradual discontinuation of the Western half of the Empire.

The Eastern Romans maintained outposts in the Italian peninsular for many centuries, but they could not decisively cope with the Lombards and a huge plague (which also demographically crippled their Sassanid Persian rivals).
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
There is little doubt of it.Even demographical theories exists that there were up to 5 milion people living in Italian penisula prior to war,making it one of the most populated regions on earth back then,but this decreased to only 2 milion by the wars end.So probably around 3 milion people emigrated and died because of this reconquest attempt.Almost no Italian city big or small didnt escape of being under siege at least one or burned to the ground.
Ironically,when eastern Romans landed on Italian soile they were mostly joyfully accepted by native westerners as fellow Romans and liberators but this very quickly turned into strong hate and from that point on it remained that way,until the very end of Byzantine hold on Italian penisula they were wieved as hated occupiers,with many rather accepting barbarian rule over that of Constantinople.
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Typthis Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kudos for putting all the detail into this scene. :)
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so cool!! very accurate, lively, full of details... it's an awesome job you did with it!
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for kind comment :-)
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RyanRyzzo Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Extraordinaire! Fantastic detail and colour.
I like the draconarius' helmet and the cloth cover - very exotic d:
How large is the paper?
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
It is on A5 paper size(42cm×59.5cm).Also my previous battlescene from Persian campaign.But Romans vs Romans,for example,were made on different size,for which I dont know indication.It is considerably smaller than A5 but also considerably larger than A4.I do most figure paintings on this formate,with exception of the scenes where considerable numbers of objects are expected to be displayed,like-mostly-in battlescenes.
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julius1880 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing.
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Fall3NAiRBoRnE Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Man, this is badass.
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Raubritter Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wonderful...simply wonderful
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adoronin Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
I had reached my wits end I cant believe how much this exceeded expectations my success was effortless just wanted to share the wealth
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foojer Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
fantastic!! amazing level of detail
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FritzVicari Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist
The gothic war! Magnificent choice of a rarely explored period, one of the darkest of italian middle ages, as it seems. A premise to the (later) Lombard invasion. The picture is fantastic and detailed as always - you must have kept yourself pretty busy these last weeks! :)
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I worked on this while I was learning to my scools exhams,it was kind of relaxation for me :-)
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Stholm Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
That's just stunning of a work. I can't even begin to describe the joy I feel when I see such a well researched historical illustration!
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
As Iam myself an enthusiast to historical set paintings so I can imagine what feeling you talk about and Im happy I was able to cause that feeling to someone else as well :-).
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