Imperial Officer of Rome

Imperial Officer of Rome

This is a prestigious officer of the Roman imperial army. As you can see, this individual can trace his ancestry to one of the Empire’s five provinces on the African continent. However, he could be stationed anywhere in the Empire’s vastness, as the skeletal remains of African individuals have been uncovered from Roman colonial sites as far north as Britain.

This is a redrawing of a portrait I did last year. I decided to revisit the subject matter after reading a recent Twitter conversation where a prominent British”alt-right” propagandist (Paul Joseph Watson) was complaining about BBC portrayals of African people living in Roman Britain. Suffice to say the guy got schooled pretty good by people who knew better.


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