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Indian archer by JFoliveras Indian archer :iconjfoliveras:JFoliveras 157 18 king Taxiles by JFoliveras king Taxiles :iconjfoliveras:JFoliveras 193 9 Azemilcus of Tyre by JFoliveras Azemilcus of Tyre :iconjfoliveras:JFoliveras 325 10 Scyhtian chieftain by JFoliveras Scyhtian chieftain :iconjfoliveras:JFoliveras 649 40 Viking vs bear by JFoliveras Viking vs bear :iconjfoliveras:JFoliveras 178 11 Roxana by JFoliveras Roxana :iconjfoliveras:JFoliveras 371 33 Bessus of Bactria by JFoliveras Bessus of Bactria :iconjfoliveras:JFoliveras 225 14 Illyrian warrior by JFoliveras Illyrian warrior :iconjfoliveras:JFoliveras 252 11 Immortal Guardsman by JFoliveras Immortal Guardsman :iconjfoliveras:JFoliveras 241 23 Persian cataphract by JFoliveras Persian cataphract :iconjfoliveras:JFoliveras 648 15 Persian officer by JFoliveras Persian officer :iconjfoliveras:JFoliveras 226 13 Thais by JFoliveras
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Thais :iconjfoliveras:JFoliveras 692 42
Macedonian phalangites by JFoliveras Macedonian phalangites :iconjfoliveras:JFoliveras 264 29 Persian immortal by JFoliveras Persian immortal :iconjfoliveras:JFoliveras 251 8 Darius III of Persia by JFoliveras Darius III of Persia :iconjfoliveras:JFoliveras 348 24 Alexander the Great by JFoliveras Alexander the Great :iconjfoliveras:JFoliveras 350 29


Ganesha by Andantonius Ganesha :iconandantonius:Andantonius 1,287 81 Keeper by dusint Keeper :icondusint:dusint 433 14 Mercenary by dusint Mercenary :icondusint:dusint 315 9 Butcher by dusint Butcher :icondusint:dusint 227 2 Hanu, the great priestess of Marduk by ALMEIDAHelder Hanu, the great priestess of Marduk :iconalmeidahelder:ALMEIDAHelder 351 33 Centurion Portret Upd by RaZuMinc Centurion Portret Upd :iconrazuminc:RaZuMinc 50 0 On march by RaZuMinc On march :iconrazuminc:RaZuMinc 215 11 Polish goth spearman by mannequin-atelier Polish goth spearman :iconmannequin-atelier:mannequin-atelier 257 19 Q is for Quetzalcoatl by Deimos-Remus Q is for Quetzalcoatl :icondeimos-remus:Deimos-Remus 572 52 Obraz (27) by gieeref Obraz (27) :icongieeref:gieeref 10 0 Druid by dusint Druid :icondusint:dusint 521 8 Bardis by bayardwu Bardis :iconbayardwu:bayardwu 794 14 Battlefield by 88grzes Battlefield :icon88grzes:88grzes 6,986 235 Fallout 4-Hammer by bayardwu Fallout 4-Hammer :iconbayardwu:bayardwu 1,897 47 CopenHeLL5 by americanvendetta CopenHeLL5 :iconamericanvendetta:americanvendetta 48 9 Loki, Lord of Chaos by americanvendetta Loki, Lord of Chaos :iconamericanvendetta:americanvendetta 37 2



Indian archer

Done for my project about Alexander the Great.

Indian armies of the 4th century BC relied a lot on archers. These archers used human-size bows made of bamboo, and could carry swords of different sizes as a secondary weapon. Some Indian swords were large enough to be used with two hands, something unusual at the time.


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king Taxiles
While Alexander was still in the Central Asian province of Sogdiana, he received an embassy from an Indian king of the Punjab. The Greeks called him Taxiles, from the name of his capital city, Taxila, but his real name was Ambhi. This Indian king had heard about Alexander, and he wanted to make an offer to him. Ambhi, or Taxiles, was in hostile terms with another king of the Punjab, known today by the Greek name of Porus, although his real name is unknown. Ambhi surrendered to Alexander and offered him several gifts, including a force of 700 Indian warriors and 30 war elephants. In return, he asked Alexander for military assistance against his neighbour Porus. This small contingent of Indian warriors and elephants caused a significant impression on Alexander, and at first, he didn’t know if he could trust them. At the end, Alexander accepted Ambhi’s offer, and he responded by letting him retain his title and by offering him gifts from Persia. Alexander then advanced to India, where Ambhi received him and his army in his capital city of Taxila. Alexander and his Indian ally joined forces to face Porus’ army at the battle of the Hydaspes, at the end of which Ambhi and Porus finally made peace, and Alexander recognised Porus’ bravery by letting him keep his throne as a king and as a “satrap” (governor of a province of the Persian/Macedonian empire).

The Greeks authors that accompanied Alexander in India recorded some practices and traditions that can still be seen today. They recorded strange rituals and holy men that wandered the streets and the forests. At that time, Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism may have coexisted in Taxila. The Greeks described how the Indians dressed in colourful unstitched clothes, mostly made of cotton, although silk may have also been known, and how they dyed and applied patterns to their clothes using techniques such as tie-dye and block-printing. They also recorded that Indian men dyed their beards in weird colours (orange, blue, green, purple…). It’s also notorious the impact that the Indian flora and fauna made on the Greeks. They described a land full of crocodiles, poisonous snakes, exotic birds (like peacocks and parrots), elephants (which the natives used for war), giant trees (probably referring to the iconic banyan), and many exotic fruits that were previously unknown to the Greeks (like bananas).

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Azemilcus of Tyre


Azemilcus was the Phoenician king of the island of Tyre (in modern Lebanon) during the siege of Alexander the Great (332 BC). The event took place during the early stages of Alexander’s conquest of the Persian Empire. The other Phoenician city-states, Byblos, Arwad and Sidon, had been taken without any fight. When Alexander approached Tyre, he informed the inhabitants that he wished to make a sacrifice at the temple of Melqart, who the Greeks identified with Heracles. The Tyrians, unsure of who would win the war, told Alexander that no Greeks or Persians would be allowed to enter the city. After a few failed attempts to negotiate, in which some Macedonian emissaries were killed, Alexander decided to attack. Tyre was located on an island, which made the use of siege towers and artillery impossible. So, Alexander built a causeway to allow the siege towers, catapults and ballista to cross the strait of sea that separated the island from the mainland and reach the walls. The Phoenicians counterattacked crashing fire ships into the causeway, attempting to make the Greek siege towers burn. During the siege, Carthage (a former Tyrian colony in Africa that had grown into a powerful empire) may have sent military assistance to Tyre. Alexander finally conquered Tyre and spared the lives of king Azemilcus and those citizens who took shelter in the temple of Melqart. But many Tyrians were crucified, and many others sold into slavery. With the defeat of the Phoenicians, the Persian Empire lost control over the eastern Mediterranean. As a result of the causeway built by Alexander, today the old ruins of Tyre are no longer located on an island, but on a peninsula.

THE PHOENICIANS were a Semitic-speaking, Canaanite people of the Levant. They were known as merchants who traded and founded colonies along the Mediterranean, from their native region in the Levant, to as far west as Spain. One of these Phoenician colonies, Carthage, became a great empire that eventually rivalled with Rome in a series of wars that would eventually make Rome the new Mediterranean superpower. The Phoenicians stablished a bridge between the East and the West, and their art and customs were a mix of Egyptian, Greek, Assyrian and Babylonian, among other influences. The most priced products that Phoenicians traded were beads and objects made of glass, wine, olive oil, and purple textiles and dyes. Tyrian purple was the most luxurious dye in the Ancient World, being the colour of power for centuries. The most notorious legacy of the Phoenicians is their writing system, which is regarded as the origin of most of the writing systems used today in the World, including the Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Runic, Hebrew and Arabic alphabets.


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Scyhtian chieftain

During his campaign in Central Asia, Alexander the Great wanted to secure the north-eastern borders of his empire. For centuries, the Persian Empire and its precursors had been under constant threat by war-like nomadic peoples who inhabited the Eurasian steppes, the Scythians. Ancient Greeks were quite familiar with the Scythians, as these nomads also inhabited Eastern Europe, not far from Greece. The Greeks had been fighting the Scythians of the Balkans and the Black Sea for centuries, and a contingent of Scythians fought on the Persian side at the battle of Gaugamela, but this time, Alexander would face them in Central Asia. The army of Alexander defeated a Scythian army at the battle of the Jaxartes river.

But who were the Scythians? The term refers to a large number of Indo-European, Iranic-speaking nomadic peoples whose territory stretched from modern-day Ukraine, all the way across Siberia and the Eurasian steppe to the Great Wall of China (not so great at that time). They were occasional allies and enemies of the also Iranic Persians. They imported Persian carpets, Chinese silks and Greek jewellery and military equipment, stablishing a precedent for the Silk Road. The domestication of the horse also began among the direct ancestors of the Scythians in the steppes, so they were skilled horsemen. And they were the origin of the Greek myths of the amazons (as Scythian women were also skilled warriors) and the centaurs, and the Abrahamic legend of Gog and Magog.


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Joan Francesc Oliveras Pallerols
Artist | Student | Digital Art
I'm currently studying Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona.


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Derp-Wolf Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a wonderful gallery of work! Would you consider doing a piece on Queen Boudica? She seems like a historical figure right in line with your other works. I can't wait to take some time and really look through your whole gallery. Cheers!
ArkantosAwaken Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2019  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
You are very talented, love your ancient soldier and civilization related art, especially the Alexander's Conquest series. Keep up the great work. 
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I warn you, I am going to add every single of your paintings to favourites during the next week as I enjoy contemplating them. ;)
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