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Theodora's retinue of Ladies, one of whom is likely Princess Julia Anicia. Mosaic from the San Vitale church in Ravenna

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The citizens of ancient Rome taking fire from the private parts of the Emperor's daughter as arranged by Virgil (a magician in medieval lore) to punish her for having humiliated him.

Byzantine Emperor Alexios I of Trebizond

Turkmenistan's traditional clothes

Sermon Sapling: Epiphany 3A — Put Down the Nets

jesus casting nets | The Calling of the Apostles, Mosaic, San Marco, Santa Maria Assunta in ...


This byzantine silk is dated from 9th-10th century and was based on a Sassanian original. The pictured fragment can be found in Museo Nazionale in Italy, Ravenna. A lion was a common symbol used by dukes and counts in the Middleages but also by emirs and ranked governers of Ancient Empires in Near East. Sources about this fabric: Archive of St.Etienne, Arabiyah and Art Quill Studio.

Byzantine Cross. 7th century - early 6th century AD

Arartian (Urartian) fresco, from the 8th century BC Erebuni fortress, Yerevan Armenia. An eternity wheel in the middle guarded by two lions, one of the insignia’s of the kings of Armenia, possibly Argishti I, the founder of the Erebuni fortress.

Gold ring, the ribbed hoop terminating in beaded shoulders supporting the cruciform bezel set with two emeralds in oblong settings, centred on a third emerald in a round setting flanked above and below by two rubies similarly set Late Roman, 4th century A.D., hoop perhaps later. @Deidra Brocké Wallace