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Menologion of Basil II, Byzantine, c.1000AD, Vaticano Griego 1613
Detail from page 3 - Joshua and the Angel.



The full image of Joshua and the Angel, Menologion of Basil II, Byzantine, c.1000AD, Vaticano Griego 1613


Title: Menologium Basilii II
Date: late 10th century
Shelfmark: Vat.gr.1613
Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana



Referenced on pp.10-11, Byzantine Imperial Guardsmen 925-1025: The Tághmata and Imperial Guard by Timothy Dawson
Joshua and the Angel, in a miniature from an illuminated manuscript of c. AD 1000 that clearly shows the appearance of superior commanders of the Imperial Tághmata. Joshua (left) has a gilded ringmail lôrikion, well fitted to the body by means of a brown leather harness, worn over a gilded zoupa; his scabbard is scarlet with a gold chape. His shining helmet, of pointed outline, is shown in silver and light blue, and is fitted with a leather peritrachelion neck-guard. He wears a light blue tunic with white embroidery, and green anaxyrides with a silver netted pattern. The kneeling general wears a purple-violet chiton with gold dots, and gold-embroidered red trousers; his boots are painted in silver. St Michael (right) has a gilded klivanion; his purple-violet tunic and light blue cloak are both gold-embroidered; his green anaxyrides are embroidered with silver thread, and his red boots are decorated in silver. Note the light blue ribbon (vitta) around his head, bearing a central red stone. The scabbard and baldric are scarlet with gold fittings. (Menologion of Basil II, folio 3)

[Although Joshua, appearing twice, may look like he is wearing mail in a grainy, black and white image, it does not appear to be mail in this image.]

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Compare this to 'Joshua and the Angel' in Commentaries of Gregory of Nazianzus, Byzantine, 879-883AD. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Ms. Grec 510, f.226v,
'Joshua and The Captain of the Army of the Lord' in the Joshua-Roll, Codex Vaticanus Pal. Graec. 431. Byzantine, 10th century
and Joshua and the Archangel Michael in Dovecote Church, Cavusin, Turkey, 963-969AD