This tunic shows that although Constantine made Christianity the favored religion of Rome, pagan beliefs and practices were still going on in the now Christian Roman Empire. Old beliefs do not die easily as even the Roman Emperor Julian the Apostate (late Roman Emperor) reinstated the old pagan religions dominance over Christianity in 363 AD or 50 years after Christianity became the favored religion of the Roman Emperors. The highly detailed and elaborate embroidered art work design on this Roman tunic portrays the retinue of Dionysos, Greek and Roman God of Wine and Festivity.
For this reason, Roman military troops may have wanted to hold onto this old cult of drink and merriment. Some things have not changed that much over the last 2,000 years.The tunic is a linen/wool weave and has an extra nice roped neck line edging with highly intricate embroidery art work. This tunic was without a doubt once worn by a very important male citizen of the Roman Empire. Dionysos was the Olympian god of wine, vegetation, pleasure, festivity, madness and wild frenzy. He is usually seen as a long haired youth with a drinking cup and crown of ivy. Red was associated with life, health and victory with ancient red dye being made of madder.
The military of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire loosely regulated dress and armor but fragments of surviving Roman military cloth as well as military wall paintings indicate that basic Roman legionary tunic was either red or undyed (off-white) wool. A recent program on the city of Petra on UK-TV showed the excavation of the 6th century Christian church.
It had figures in the mosaics of the four seasons dressed as pagan figures. Those pagan images did not disappear overnight. The item "Extremely Rare Roman Military Officers Tunic 400-600 AD Ancient Artifact legion" is in sale since Tuesday, December 8, 2020.This item is in the category "Antiques\Antiquities\Roman". The seller is "legxfre" and is located in Houston, Texas. This item can be shipped to United States, all countries in Europe, all countries in continental Asia, Brazil, Canada, Australia.