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Faits des Romains
Northern France or Belgium, ca. 1460
MS M.213 fol. 179v

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Julius Caesar: Scene, Civil Wars, Juba of Numidia before Caesar and Battle of Thapsus -- Beneath tent, Julius Caesar, bearded, wearing gold imperial crown and heraldic coat of or with displayed double-headed eagle (possibly arms of Holy Roman Empire), holds scepter in right hand and raises left hand toward two men seizing arms of Juba of Numidia, all stand before the Caesar, wearing brimmed hats or turban-like headgear. In background, among helmeted soldiers and men, wearing hats, some fallen and bleeding from wounds, three hold bannered lances, two raise swords, one holds shield, and several hold spears. Scene in landscape with trees. Figures painted in grisaille. Decorated with ivy-rinceaux and floreate ornament in border above and below left column, including daisies, miniature within gold frame. Initial L of Le decorated with foliate and floreate ornament. Miniature for Chapter 1025 of Faits de Romains. See text edition, Flutre (1935-38): Part III, Chapter 18, Section 21, Battle of Thapsus.

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