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Menologion of Basil II, Byzantine, c.1000AD, Vaticano Griego 1613
Detail from page 224 - Martyrdom of St Barbara.



The full image of the Martyrdom of St Barbara, Menologion of Basil II, Byzantine, c.1000AD. p.224, Vaticano Griego 1613


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



Referenced on p.55, Byzantine Imperial Guardsmen 925-1025: The Tághmata and Imperial Guard by Timothy Dawson
The Martyrdom of St Barbara, c. AD 1000. The archaic-looking muscled cuirass (thorakion heroikon), and the method of fastening the cloak across the chest, are reconstructed in Plate F2. (Menologion of Basil II, folio 224, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Rome)




by Giuseppe Rava
BOUKLEON HARBOUR, 10th–11th CENTURIES
Plate F2: Kentyrion of Pedatoura
The old-fashioned ‘muscled’ armour of this officer of the Constantinople ‘urban police’ or City Guard can be explained by his traditional position in the command hierarchy of the city Éparkhos. Some officers’ helmets were covered with oriental ornamentation, and perhaps by a hood of woven silk and costly damask. David Nicolle has observed the clear derivation of that type of headgear (kamelaukion) from Alan-Caucasian prototypes.

Source: pp.46-47, Byzantine Imperial Guardsmen 925-1025: The Tághmata and Imperial Guard by Timothy Dawson

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