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Rutilus' Triumph by Netarliargus Rutilus' Triumph by Netarliargus
After defeating the forces of evil alongside his allies of the Roman Empire, the Senate has granted the red dragon Pyrothraxus (Or Rutilus as the Romans call him.) a triumphal march through the city of Rome.

The Roman triumph was a civil ceremony and religious rite of ancient Rome, held to publicly celebrate and sanctify the military achievement of an army commander who had won great military successes, or originally and traditionally, one who had successfully completed a foreign war. In Republican tradition, only the Senate could grant a triumph. (Kinda like the X-box achievements of their time.)

On the day of his triumph, the general wore regalia that identified him as near-divine or near-kingly. He rode in a chariot through the streets of Rome in procession with his army and the spoils of his war. At Jupiter's temple he offered sacrifice and the tokens of his victory to the god. Thereafter he had the right to be described as vir triumphalis ("man of triumph", later known as triumphator) for the rest of his life.

Tradition would have it that the imperator had his face painted red and wore a golden wreath. He may have been accompanied in his chariot by a slave holding the wreath above his head and constantly reminding the commander of his mortality by whispering into his ear. The words that the slave is said to have used are not known, but suggestions include "Respice te, hominem te memento" ("Look behind you, remember you are only a man") Though for fairly obvious reasons, that's not the case here. His face is already pretty red and no slave would ever reach his head, let alone have the guts to say something like that to a Red Dragon.




This was done for a contest held by :iconghostwalker2061:
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TheSliverCross Jan 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah this is badass.
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TheSliverCross Jan 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
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:iconbluehasia:
His face. it just says, I do what i want, im a Dragon

XD
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:iconnetarliargus:
Just showing off, what else would you do when the whole of Rome cheers for you.
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Nightfang13 Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:+fav:
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AMELIANVS Aug 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
So this is how they gained their empire:-)
Actually there's a little but interesting mention by one of roman historians(Livius I think) of legion who encouter and fought with something he called a dragon...it probabbly wasnt just some crocodile because romans knew them and likely would not confuse it and later there were some reptile like creature fighting in the arena during reign of nero which was captured by roman arena hunters in inner africa...a dinosaur?We would probably never knew...
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:iconnetarliargus:
Who knows, history writers weren't really that accurate in that era. Anyways, I've got the perfect Roman marching tune to go with this image: [link] just skip to 2:25 for the epic part and immagine a dragon walking along in a Roman Triumph.
Gracchus something more cheerful!
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AMELIANVS Aug 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Of course they were not the real historians by modern standarts.The music fits with it well:-).ROME,up to date,is one of the best roman tv series you might see.
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