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This concluding chapter examines military equipment and attire of the military saints to formulate general theories regarding the iconographic content and the meaning it carries. The process of adapting the warrior saint's appearance to the military realities of the time is especially vivid in Nubian and Egyptian artistic circles. Here artists were working in isolation from the mainstream art of the Empire, and created an independent variant of the military saint, whose clothing referred to local customs of arming soldiers. The Crusaders adapted the cult of the warrior saints to their own needs, selecting St George as their main patron, and in Syria also Sts Sergios and Bakchos. Artists working at the junction of Byzantine and Latin cultures introduced changes in how the weapons and attire of the warrior saints were depicted, adapting their images to the real artefacts of knightly culture.

Keywords: Byzantine culture; Latin culture; military equipment; St George; warrior saint



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