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This chapter discusses about costume, which has been an important element that defines the depicted individual. The importance of costume as an iconographical element increases when the individuals represented are part of a group that uses costume to differentiate themselves from the rest of society. The issue of iconographical innovation in the military costume of the saints is linked with the general discussion on the nature of Byzantine culture and civilization, its traditionalism and constant reference to antique models on the one hand, and the search for its original features created as an independent value on the other. The term 'Byzantine art' once referred exclusively to the creative output of Constantinople, but in a broader sense covers works that came into being throughout the Eastern Roman Empire.

Keywords: Byzantine art; Eastern Roman Empire; iconographical innovation; military costume

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