A few weeks ago we sent a survey for our new collection, Rome and Greece. We received some outstanding and surprising responses that helped us create our best collection yet.
We have to say, we’re very happy to have such knowledgeable and astute students of history as our customers. Submissions ranged from 1st to 9th legions, Mithridates to Alexander, Thracians to Spartans.
Now, as much as we wish we could have done a design for every submission we received, we had to narrow this collection down to the top 10. This limited collection consists of powerful, greatly detailed designs showcasing some of the most memorable aspects of Roman and ancient Greek military history.
This week we’ll be revealing a few of the designs and their inspirations that we’ve created just for you guys, our awesome fans. We’re quite proud of these shirts and find ourselves wearing them everywhere, from home, to out and about, and when hitting the gym. As always our shirts are made of premium cotton and synthetic threads and we use high quality inks to create a long lasting apparel.
Today, we’d like to cover one of our personal favorites, the Roman Aquila!
The Roman Aquila (eagle) was one of the oldest standards in the Roman military along with the boar, wolf, horse and minotaur and became the official standard for Roman legions as part of the Marian Reforms (107 BC), a landmark reorganization of the military.
The Aquila was carried by an Aquilifer, a standard bearer of a legion and held great importance within the Roman units. So much so, that the Roman military spent a heavy amount of resources and time in the attempted recovery of a missing Aquila, should they have been lost in battle.
Symbolically, the Aquila represented the authority of a consul or king, and in addition, represented Jupiter, further emphasized by the clutch of thunderbolts, representing his power. This design appeared on currency and various flag like items carried by the Roman military units. The thunderbolt and winged thunderbolt motif would also make its way onto the Roman scutum and later through the Dark Ages in England through the Medieval period on shields and art.
The eagle itself would remain the symbol of Roman authority and be adopted by various states in the Mediterranean and European world. During the late Roman/Byzantine empire it became a double headed eagle, signifying dominion over east and west, and was adopted into the coat of arms of the Holy Roman Empire, Mamluk Egypt, as well as Serbia and Russia.
This design is one of my personal favorites and I have to say, we think it looks great. Be sure to let us know how you feel about the new design on our facebook page, we’ve love to hear from you.
We hope you enjoyed this e-mail about what we’ve been up to, look for our next email in a few days with some more details of our next designs…The scutum and Legion I: Adiutrix!
If you guys are digging the new collection, I’m happy to announce that we’ll have them available this Friday. We’ve got a limited number of them, so be sure to check the next few emails for a promotion code to get an exclusive deal on our new designs.
Thank you guys!