by Giuseppe Rava
THE GEORGIAN CAMPAIGN, 1020|
Plate H1: Emperor Basil II in full armour
This reconstruction of the Bulgar-Slayer, the most victorious emperor of the Macedonian dynasty, is taken from the Skilitzčs miniatures (folio 195b),
although reconstructed with archaeological artefacts of 11th-century date.
Note the crown (stemma); the long klivanion made from large lamellae of gilded horn; the gilded scale arm defences
probably also made from some material lighter than iron; the splinted leg armour of gilded iron; and the shield with a gilded rim, decorated all over with precious stones.
Behind him are arrayed a Varangian company, identifiable by their long-shafted battleaxes.
Source: pp.58-59, Byzantine Imperial Guardsmen 925-1025: The Tįghmata and Imperial Guard by Timothy Dawson