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Faits des Romains
Northern France or Belgium, ca. 1460
MS M.213 fol. 142r

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Julius Caesar: Scene, Civil Wars, Battle of Pharsalus -- Among three man (including possibly Pompey), wearing hats or helmets, all depart to left, one wears armor and holds halberd, five fallen helmeted soldiers bleed from wounds, and among four more soldiers to right, one raises halberd and one holds sword. In background, crenellated city wall of Larissa. Scene in hilly and grassy landscape with trees. Figures painted in grisaille. Decorated with ivy-rinceaux and floreate ornament in border above and below left column, miniature within gold frame. Initial P of Pompee decorated with foliate and floreate ornament. Miniature for Chapter 997 of Faits de Romains. See text edition, Flutre (1935-38): Part III, Chapter 12, Section 47, Defeat of Pompey the Great.

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