Titus Scipio Germanicus, Viscount Scroll
Calligraphy and Illumination by Eliška z Jihlavy,
Faces painted by Teleri Tawel
by Eliška z Jihlavy
"I couldn't resist the chance to take these assignments, as I'd never played with a Roman hand before - I really had fun with the Rustica, and was relieved to find period sources that actually separated words with the little dots (otherwise it gets incredibly hard to read!)
Titus' arms on are a "scutus", the shield of the Roman Legions - typically 4 X 2.5 feet, so these dimensions really stretched the heraldry a bit, but he was so committed to the Roman theme in his reign, I wanted to stay as close to that as possible.
The illumination elements are a little more "clip art" than I like to work with, but Roman art from the 4th - 6th centuries was surprisingly fluid and energetic, and I needed a more formal composition for these scrolls. Almost all the elements are taken from period sources Titus' personifications of Honor and Courage are based on figures from the Ilias Ambrosiana (5th c), the borders are lifted from the Vienna Dioscurides (6th c), and the architectural backdrops are from the Vienna Genesis (6th c)." -- Eliška z Jihlavy
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