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Messala and Iras


Messala and Iras

This is a close-up of Messala and Iras meeting secretly, after seeing each other, At The Oasis, earlier.


In Lew Wallace’s Ben-Hur (1880), Messala, Judah Ben-Hur’s childhood friend, and Iras, the beautiful Daughter of Balthasar the Egyptian, are in a Love Triangle, or a Quadrangle, with Esther, the daughter of Simonides, a loyal servant of Ben-Hur’s family.

In the historical fiction, Iras is infatuated with Messala, and the grandeur of Ancient Rome.

She coyly, continually pits Messala and Judah Ben-Hur against each other, fueling their rivalry, and desire for revenge, waiting to see who will win.


This was made for Men In History Contest, hosted by ManipulateThis.

Theme: This is a Historical theme contest. The scene must match the model’s costume. 

Skill Level: 2, Novitiate

Required Stock: Denoted by An Asterisk *.

Due Date:
June 4, 2017


Memo: This is my final attempt at this challenge. My first entry was Excavations.


Thanks to all the Stock Artists, especially for their marvellous costumes and shoes; and, hosts, and moderators.



* Messala: jason aaron baca classic0565 roman, by jasonaaronbaca *

Photographer: Portia Shao,
Jason Aaron Baca,

Iras (Daughter of Balthasar the Egyptian, one of the Biblical Magi):

Amazon Queen's throne 2, by syccas-stock

Model: Lydia,   syccas-stock

The Oasis:

Chalice Well Waterfall 1, by FoxStox

Other Resources:

Stock-wolfworx-Sunrise-Imk59130, by wolfworx

Texture 203, by Malleni-Stock

Sky, by CathleenTarawhiti

Clouds/Sky, by TinaLouiseUk

Mixed Exclusive Textures, by CD-STOCK 

(For Honourable Mention, for The Canadian Corps of Engineers, for CREATIVE MINDS CHALLENGE IV, hosted by CD-STOCK)

Wood texture, by SlichoArt




Listening to:

Amy Winehouse - You Know I'm No Good

Linda Ronstadt- You’re No Good

Sheryl Crow - My Favorite Mistake

RITA ORA - Poison

jacksoul - Still Believe In Love


Talk about a toxic couple.


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Nikonfinest's avatar
This is absolutely beautiful!
So glad I found this, really just a wonderful piece.
Thank you for creating it
You are such an extreme talent
I just love your style you are amazing!