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Roman Cav. IV-V Century AD by Fall3NAiRBoRnE Roman Cav. IV-V Century AD by Fall3NAiRBoRnE
Roman Cav. IV-V Century AD
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SolidSamurai Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
So the late roman empire had cataphracts?
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Fall3NAiRBoRnE Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
They sure did.
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SolidSamurai Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
They look exactly like the byzantine cataphracts.
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
"Byzantine" IS Roman!Their equipment is that of late antiquity but it was many times changed in details in later centuries and during medieval times.
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SolidSamurai Featured By Owner 1 day ago
I don't think they had cataphracts in the west in the late imperial period. 

Also, the byzantine split was occuring as far back as the end of the 6th century, but that's a discussion for another day.
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Traditional Artist
If you look on my profile you might discover that I know what Im talking about.Real ubiased History is not about what anyone think from his personal opinion and personal reasons but about evidence facts which are not colored by anything other.Every single piece of equipment you see in the painting is archeologicaly known and classified and I can give you informations about it.They had cataphracts also in the west and it is no problem to prove it to you with actuall historical evidence of all sort.First Roman cataphract regiment was already founded by Emperor Hadrian during early second century and we even know this regiment by its name.What you see here are later cataphracts as Emperor Constantius II reformed them after Persian Sassanid model.

And as for the "Byzantine split"-this is only artifficial split a conception that was fabricated from very biased reasons 100 years after final fall of the eastern part of the Roman state.No one had ever call them "Byzantines" or the"Byzantine Empire".They rightly called themselves the Romans and really were by all legal and historical rights direct and uninterrupted continuation of the Roman state(who significantly changed many times before during its long history).For example in England term "Byzantine"Empire was for the first time only used in 1857 and it was never fully accepted by all scholarship because of its artificiality and biased reasons for its creation.By now fortunately this Byzantine terminology is already in decline and more and more often criticizied in works of contemporary scholars.
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Joshmoe93 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
I can see the Romans began to adopt things from the Persians and the Germans
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Fall3NAiRBoRnE Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
Yeah they pretty much incorporated the best from all worlds.
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breadfreak Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Wow I love this! I'm looking through your gallery - you're really under-appreciated!
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Negath Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
He didn't draw these, they're out of Military history books.
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