On the western side of Saint Irene, a renowned saint is depicted. It is Saint Demetrios, a traditional military saint who at Asinou is portrayed in consular attire. It was the norm to be illustrated armoured on a horse or more frequently on foot. Thus his representation at Asinou as a martyr wearing the mantle and embroidered tunic of a dignitary is exceptional. The portrait is inspired by an early Christian custom which depicted Demetrios with his original occupation as a consul. His conversion to a military saint took place around the tenth century in Thessaloniki, his focal cult centre. From fourteenth century onward and during the whole Palaiologan period, when he was extensively venerated, it was uncommon for Demetrios to be depicted as a consul, even though in biographical scenes he usually wears tunic and mantle.


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Digital Heritage Research Lab of Cyprus University of Technology

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Digital Heritage Research Lab of Cyprus University of Technology
Library of Cyprus University of Technology

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Digital Heritage Research Lab of Cyprus University of Technology

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Απαγορεύεται η δημοσίευση ή αναπαραγωγή, ηλεκτρονική ή άλλη χωρίς τη γραπτή συγκατάθεση του δημιουργού.

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Ioannides, Marinos, “Saint Demetrios,” Αψίδα, accessed November 12, 2019, https://apsida.cut.ac.cy/items/show/45310.