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After defeating Germanic invaders, Marcus Aurelius and his family perform a sacrifice to the gods in front of the temple of Jupiter on the Capitoline. Relief originally from the Arch of Marcus Aurelius, Rome; now in the Capitoline Museum. Circa 176-182. Artist: Art from the Ancient Rome.


Flavius Belisarius, was a general of the Byzantine Empire. He was instrumental to Emperor Justinian's ambitious project of reconquering much of the Mediterranean territory of the former Western Roman Empire, which had been lost less than a century previously. One of the defining features of Belisarius' career was his success despite varying levels of support from Justinian. His name is frequently given as one of the so-called "Last of the Romans".

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The Crucifixion with Symbols of the Evangelists. Champlevé and cloisonné enamel on gilded copper. French ca. 1100. Metropolitan Museum of Art 17.190.426–.429. "The monkgoldsmiths have here superimposed copper plaques, the lower one set with cloisons (wires) that define features and drapery, and the upper one cut to define the silhouettes of the figures and the cross."