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 .
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...
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.
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…
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).
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.
I like the draconarius' helmet and the cloth cover - very exotic d:
How large is the paper?