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Project Antiquity - The Romanii (Concept) by Gambargin Project Antiquity - The Romanii (Concept) by Gambargin
The first drawing for Project antiquity, representing the Fictional/Anachronistic depiction of Women Warriors of Imperium of Roma, based on the Ancient Romans, spanning their history during republic and imperial era.

The first two on the left, are based on the stylized design in the early republic days, during the Samnites War. For the first one, I took the liberty of stylizing the Samnites bronze armor and their feathered helmet (although the shield may be incorrect), to create something similar to that of elite warriors drawn from the Samnites, called Pedites Extraordinarii. These were the elites of the elites in the early Roman army, and employed as rear guard. For the second one, she is dressed in tunic and equipped with bronze breast-plate, helmet and a shield. If i were to refer to the historical books, she would be referred as the Principes, the 2nd line of infantry in the Manipular formation.

For the other 2 on the right, they are perhaps the most commonly depicted in the media for Roman Heavy Infantry, which were deployed after the Marian Reform and well into the Imperial era of Rome. The first one holding the Legion Standard (Signifier), is wearing typical mailed armor called the Loroica Hamata, which was supposedly originated from the Iberian Celts. As for the shouting *ahem* Centurion, the Lorica Squamata (or possibly Lorica Plumata) is used instead, due to their expensive construction. I haven't included the more famous Lorica Segmentata yet, but will do soon :)

Historically speaking, the Romans fielded the best military force for centuries, with brutal discipline, well armed, well equipped and organized into efficient and effective fighting force. They had to be, as they were often outnumbered by their enemies. They took the best from the other civilization they came in contact with and applied their military tactics, equipment, and concept with brutal effectiveness. Although, their victories and defeats on the battlefield were more or less the same, the Romans always won the war.

The role of Women in Ancient Rome is actually an interesting study. While the law stated that women must not hold any political title or help office, nor participate in the army, the Roman Female Citizen generally held somewhat similar rights to that of men, in terms of owning properties, financial activity and inheritance. More powerful women from the nobilities could and did held large political influence, sometimes over their husband, from simple governors, to the Emperor himself. Unfortunately, these kind of privileges did not apply to non-roman citizens.


A part of Historically Wrong Sketch Series - Project antiquity Historically Wrong Sketch Project - The Antiquity by Gambargin

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Yukow Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
Me encanta la expresión de la cara del centurión, me gustaría que hubieses hecho unas placas en el pecho del centurión, pero de todos modos es precioso. El signifer es espectacular y los republicanos también son muy bonitos!
My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm told by Roman reenactors that they did not have women in the army, but women were allowed to participate in gladiatorial events - and many did in fact give up everything they had to be a gladiator! Doing this would mean losing all their rights as a Roman citizen, but it was common for Roman women to do so.
Gurdim Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
eheh to think that the Homer's times achaeans' armors were a sort of 1500's-like big bad bronze plate tanks, and in these times lots of people just had a stove door hanging on chest and one on the back (usually named cardiophilax) xD (even if for honesty, achaeans big ones were
probably only for chariot fighters)

Uh wait, for Roman history, i suggest you try if there is this book translated in english: "La Storia di Roma" (History of Rome) by Indro Montanelli. Some of its infos are outdated, as was written... mmm in the 60s'? not sure ^^'. But it's imho the best book to understand the romans' mind, as Montanelli (one our greatest journalists) had something most of historian haven't: he could really understand at once the mind of the people, even 2000 years away xD
Gambargin Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
Ah, i've heard of the book written by Indro Montanelli, but i'm reading the ones written by Michael Grant (History of Rome). Much to my surprise, Rome was indeed (most of the time) a powerful military force with enough might to conquer much of the known world back then. But it's society...not so much :o, It's rather amusing to find that the ancient Romans were actually anti-progressive, sexists, exploitative, and pretty cruel by modern standard.

Maybe i should read  Montanelli's book to understand the Romans points of view on things :)
Gurdim Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
yes their nature is something strange to grasp, even for italians. It depends much on the period one considers, and the current events. In the prologue Indro tells something that i think can help:

ehm can't find the book, that's what i remember XD

"the ancient romans weren't superior beings, and after all if they were we'd lack the reason for admiring them. They weren't great because because they never made mistakes or terrible things. They made big mistakes, and some times they did really terrible things. Rome is great for being so Despite its big flaws, not for being flawless

About the sexism i have to sharpen a spear and break another one. Roman women in republic age were less considered than the Etruscan ones (who were centuries ahead xD) but at least they werent confined at home like greek ones :P
After all, what you said was generally right for all the ancient world, but as always happens, there were cases of excess and others that were mitigated by common sense
iaiusjello Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Awesome drawing. A definitely agree with the folks who suggest representing the Romans with the two early era character concepts -- Imperial Roman designs are kind of omnipresent, and the chainmail is rather generic (by design, it was meant to be practical rather than ornamental... the Samnite and Princeps design are more colorful looking, I think).
Akiyama24 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice. I like the detail on the chain shirt. :)
Gambargin Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
Thank you! :)
Akiyama24 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome. :)
ironsides11 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
I love how expressive their faces are, and I actually find it kinda funny that a woman wearing a lion as a hat would have such an unsure expression.
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