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Byzantine Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers



















































A Byzantine soldier in the Roman Virgil Vatican, MS Vat. lat. 3867, fol. 74v, 5th century
Byzantine textile. Ornamental Square from a Tunic, with mounted hunters , Egypt, 5th century, Cleveland Museum of Art, 1916.1980.
Byzantine textile. Fragment of a Tunic, with mounted lancers, Egypt, 5th - 7th century, Cleveland Museum of Art 1982.288.
Roman and Byzantine Scale Armour by Steven Lowe
Byzantine soldiers on the Throne of Archbishop Maximian of Ravenna, Constantinople or Alexandria, 545–553AD
Justinian as world conqueror. The Barberini Ivory, Byzantine, mid-sixth century
Byzantine Horse on a textile, 6th century, The Walters Art Museum
St Theodore, Coptic Icon from the Monastery of St Catherine, Mt Sinai, 6th-century
Romano-Byzantine Soldiers on the Sitten Pyxis, Ivory, 6th Century, Museum of Valere, Sitten
Pyxis Showing Scenes from the Story of the Three Youths of Babylon, Byzantine, 6th century. State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, W-7
Pyxis Showing Scenes from the Story of Joseph, Byzantine, 6th century. State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, W-8
Pyxis Showing Scenes from the Martyrdom and Sanctuary of St Menas, Byzantine, 6th century. British Museum, 1879,1220.1
The Rabbula Gospels Evangelia characteribus Syriacis exarata Northern Syria, 586AD, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Firenze. Plut.01.56
6th-7th century Romans in the Ashburnham Pentateuch, BnF MS NAL 2334
Byzantine or Lombard Armoured Cavalryman on a plate from Isola Rizza, late 6th-early 7th centuries AD
Byzantine Warriors on Terracotta icons from Vinica, Macedonia, 6th or 7th century
Byzantine plates with biblical characters in Byzantine costume & armour of the reign of Herakleios, early 7th century
The Sacrifice of Jephthah's Daughter - Coptic Icon in the Monastery of St. Catherine, Sinai, Egypt, 6th-8th century
Victorious Emperor. Coptic-Byzantine Ivory Relief, 7th century. The Walters Art Museum.
The Syriac Bible of Paris, BnF MS. Syriaque 341, Syria or Turkey, 7th Century
Lamellar Armour in Armies of the Dark Ages 600-1066 by Ian Heath
Fresco from Hagios Demetrios, Thessalonika, 7-8th century
Arab, Syrian or Byzantine Horse Archers on silk, 7th-9th Centuries
Mount Athos Psalter, MS. Pantocrator 61, Byzantine, first half of the 9th century
Byzantine Psalter, Bibliothèque nationale de France MS. Grec 20, 9th century
Chludov Psalter, Byzantine, Moscow, Historical Museum MS 129, 9th century
Sacra Parallela, Byzantine, 9th century, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS. Grec 923
Commentaries of Gregory of Nazianzus, Byzantine, 879-883AD, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS. Grec 510
Illustrations referenced by Byzantine Armies 886-1118 by Ian Heath & Angus McBride
The Rome or David Casket, Byzantine, 898 or 900AD
Byzantine Soldiers in the Joshua Roll, Codex Vaticanus Pal. Graec. 431, 10th century
Byzantine cavalry on the Troyes Casket, Cathedral Saint-Peter Saint-Paul, Troyes, France, 945-949AD
Bulgars Killing Byzantines, in the Menologion of Basil II, Códice Vaticano Griego 1613, 10th Century
Scenes from the Book of Joshua from a Byzantine Casket, 10th Century, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
David and Goliath, Paris Psalter, Byzantine, 10th century, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS. gr. 139
Byzantine Warrior Saints in Dovecote Church, Cavusin, Cappadocia, Turkey, mid-10th century
A Byzantine Plaque with Scenes from the Book of Joshua, 2nd half of 10th century, Victoria and Albert Museum
Byzantine Icon of Saint Demetrios, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, second half of 10th century
The Adoption of Byzantine Equipment and Customs by the Varangian Guards by Steven Lowe
A Warrior with a ‘Danish Axe’ in a Byzantine Ivory Panel by Peter Beatson
A Byzantine Casket, 10th-11th century, Musée National du Moyen Âge, Paris, France
The Chest Harness Known as the 'Varangian Bra' by Stephen Francis Wyley
Saints Mercurios, Theodore Tiron, Demetrios and Prokopius as military saints, Hosios Loukas Monastery, Boeotia, Greece, early 11th century
The Portrait Illumination of Basil II Bulgaroctonos in his Psalter, Byzantine, c.1017
A Byzantine Ivory Casket, Victoria and Albert Museum 247:1, 2-1865, early 11th century
Saint Demetrios, Steatite, Byzantine, Louvre, early 11th century
St Procopius, Constantinople, 1030AD, MS A648, p. 60r, National Centre of Manuscripts of Georgia
The Betrayal, Nea Moni, Chios, mosaic of the inner Narthex, Byzantine, 1043 AD
Two Warriors on Horseback on a Casket Lid, Victoria & Albert Museum No: A.542:1-1910, Byzantine, mid 11th century
Byzantine Mosaic depicting the soldier, Longinus, in the Nea Moni Church, Chios, Greece, c.1050AD
A Byzantine Plaque of Saint Theodore as a soldier, British Museum AN265591001, 11th century
The Cynegetica of Pseudo-Oppian, Byzantine, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana Ms Grec 479, Venice, 11th century
A Siege in The Cynegetica of Pseudo-Oppian, Byzantine, 11th century
Horsemen in The Life of St Alessio in the Church of San Clemente, Rome, Italy, 11th Century
Bristol Psalter, London, British Library, Add. MS 40731, Byzantine, 11th century
Details of Psiloi from a Byzantine Casket, Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg, Ѡ-18, 11th century
Varangian centurion and gambling soldiers from an 11th century gold and enamel Byzantine ikon of the Crucifixion. Germany
Saint Demetrius, Byzantine Steatite Icon, 11th or 13-14th Century. Kremlin, Moscow
Saint George on a Steatite Icon, Byzantine, Vatopedi monastery, Athos, Greece, 11th Century
Steatite Icon of St Theodore Stratelates, Byzantine, 11th Century, Vatican
Psalter of Theodore of Caesarea, Byzantine, 1066AD
The Hidden Church (Sakli Kilise) Cappadocia, Turkey, showing Byzantine soldiers, by Steven Lowe
Barlaam and Ioasaph, The Holy Monastery of Iveron, Mount Athos, Byzantine Greece, Codex. 463, c.1075-1125AD
Turkic cavalry on a Byzantine Ivory Casket, 11-12th Centuries
Casket Showing Heracles, Centaurs and Musicians, Byzantine, 11th century. State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Ѡ-20
Triptych Showing the Forty Martyrs, Byzantine, late 11th - early 12th century. State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, W-299
Icon of Warrior Saints George, Theodore and Demetrius, Byzantine, Late 11th - early 12th century. State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, I-183
Slate Icon of Saints George and Demetrius, Byzantine, Late 11th - early 12th century. State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, X-103
Saint Demetrius or Saint George, Byzantine Steatite Icon, 11th or 12th Century
Warrior Saints, Serpent Church, Göreme, Byzantine, 11th-12th centuries
Greek Psalter, Byzantine, 12th century. Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Rome, Vat.gr.1927
Saints Theodore, George and Demetrius on a Steatite, Cherson, Byzantine, early 12th century
Frankish, Saracen & Byzantine costume in the 'Melisende Psalter', 1131-43 AD
Plates depicting the Byzantine folk hero, Digenis Akritas, 12th century
Scylitzes Chronicle, Codex Græcus Matritensis Ioannis Skyllitzes, Byzantine Italy, c.12th Century
Bowl with the Ascension of Alexander the Great, Byzantine, 12th century. State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, W-72
Dish with the Ascension of Alexander the Great, Byzantine, 12th century. State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, W-1501
David and Goliath, Byzantine Psalter, Palestine or Cyprus, 12th century. BL Add MS 40753
Carved Column Capitals in the Cloister of Monreale Cathedral near Palermo in Sicily, 1174 to 1182 AD
Frescoes of military saints in the Agioi Anargyroi basilica at Kastoria, late 12th century
Frescoes in the Nicholas tou Kasnitzi church at Kastoria, late 12th century
Fresco of Joshua, Hosios Loukas (St. Lucas) monastery in Boeotia, Greece, 12th-13th century
Saints George & Theodore Stratelates on the Freiburgh Leaf, Byzantine, c.1200AD
Saint Theodore Tyro, Byzantine Wooden Icon, Patmos Monastery, Greece, 1200AD
Fresco of Saint Bacchus, Church of Deir Mar Musa al-Habashi, Nabk, Syria, portrayed as a Byzantine cavalryman, 1208-9AD
Icon of Saint Demetrius, Byzantine, Thessaloniki, 1204 - 1224AD. State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, W-1132
Fragment of a Byzantine Bowl with a Horse and Rider, 1200–1268AD, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1984.181
Bible of St. John of Acre. 1250-1254AD, Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal, Ms-5211 réserve
Fresco of the Centurion at the Crucifixion, Katholikon at the monastery of Panagia Mavriotissa, Kastoria, Greece, c.1260AD
European, Islamic & Byzantine Arms and Armour in Histoire ancienne jusqu'à César, 1260-70AD, Dijon Ms 562
The Betrayal, Panaghia Chrysafitissa, Laconia, Greece, Byzantine, 1289AD
Mural of Saint Mercurius (as a Byzantine or Serbian Soldier) in Ohrid, Macedonia, c.1295AD
Triptych wing with St Theodore Stratelates, Byzantine, Thessaly, 13th - 14th century AD
Steatite Icon of Saint Demetrios as an archer, Byzantine, Louvre, early 14th Century
Byzantine Mosaic of the Census, Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora, Constantinople, 1315-1321AD
A Byzantine flag in La Conquête de Constantinople, by Geoffroi de Villehardouin, Venice, c.1330
March (Aries) as a mounted warrior in Typikon, Byzantine Trebizond, Vatopedi Cod. 1199, 1346AD
Barlaam and Joasaph, Byzantine, BnF Ms. Grec 1128, 14th century AD
Byzantine Mosaic Icon with Saint Demetrios and Reliquary, c.14th century
Byzantine Emperor John VI Kantakouzenos presiding over a synod, The Hesychast Council of Constantinople, 1351. BnF grec 1242, 1370-75
Byzantine Style Soldiers in 14th century wall paintings, Church of Panagia Phorbiotissa, Asinou, Cyprus
The Romance of Alexander by Pseudo-Callisthenes, Byzantine Trebizond, Instittuto Ellenico di Venezia codex 5, 14th century
14th century manuscript of the Constantine Manasses Chronicle
The Betrayal, Mural in Agios Georgios, Artos, Crete, c.1401AD
Equestrian portrait of Constantine on a gold medal, by Antonio Pisano (Pisanello), Italy, 1402
The Robe, Boots and Bow of Byzantine Emperor John VIII Palaeologus, by Antonio Pisanello, Italy, 1438
Medal of Byzantine Emperor John VIII Palaeologus, by Antonio Pisanello, Italy, 1438-1442
Byzantine Emperor John VIII Palaeologus on the Filarete Door, by Antonio Averuline known as Filarete, St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy, 1445
Wallpainting of Manuel Laskaris Chatzikes, c.1445, Pantanassa, Mistras, Laconia, Greece
Byzantine Soldiers on a Tomb in Hagia Sophia, Trebizond, 15th century
Frescoes in the church of Agia Paraskevi, Geroskipou, Cyprus, 15th century
Byzantine Soldier in a Fresco, Church of the Brontochion, Mistra, Greece, after 1449AD
Frescoes of the 'Legend of the True Cross' by Piero Della Francesca, San Francesco, Arezzo, Italy, 1452-1466AD
Venetian, Cretan, Byzantine, Mamluk, Negro & Ottoman Soldiers on 'The Crucifixion', by Andreas Pavias, Crete, second half of the 15th century
Cassone with painted front panel called the 'Conquest of Trebizond', Florence, Italy, c.1461–1465.
Roman Soldiers Leading Constantine's Triumph. An Orthodox Albanian Icon.



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