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Monday, August 12, 2019

Crest of an Emperor

I Love Reenactors

They not only have an intense love for their subject, but often have a deep knowledge of strange and obscure areas of history.

This photo from Facebook is a beautiful recreation of might have been. This could very well be similar to the feathered helmet of the Emperor Justinian below.

Flavius Stilicho
Really pleased with the new crest! Robert Pustelak is a master of course! Iconographic as well as textual sources give us a clear picture as to what kind of feathers would have been used for the crest of an emperor of the dominate.

Contemporary drawing of the equestrian 
statue of Justinian (1430).

The Column of Justinian was a Roman triumphal column erected in Constantinople by the Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian I in honor of his victories in 543. It stood in the western side of the great square of the Augustaeum, between the Hagia Sophia and the Great Palace, and survived until the early 16th century, when it was demolished by the Ottomans.

The column of Justinian stood on the south-west of Hagia Sophia and was nearly as high as its dome. The column was built of brick and covered with a bronze sheating. On its top there was a statue of Emperor Justinian (527-565) on horseback, the left hand holding a globe, the right hand raised and pointing to the east. 

The column was made of brick, and covered with brass plaques. The column stood on a marble pedestal of seven steps, and was topped by a colossal bronze equestrian statue of the emperor in triumphal attire (the "dress of Achilles" as Procopius calls it), wearing an antique-style muscle cuirass, a plumed helmet of peacock feathers (the toupha), holding a globus cruciger on his left hand and stretching his right hand to the East. 

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Computer recreation of the Column of Justinian

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

it must be massive , and a statement from the past , as the Ottman bring in down
no surprise at all, knowing local history