Vanquished Army Passing Under the Yokedetails

[Picture: Vanquished Army Passing Under the Yoke]
previous image

Vanquished Army Passing Under the Yoke more

battles, ancient rome, bare feet, greyscale

foreground: none
background: none

Image title:

Vanquished Army Passing Under the Yoke




Out of copyright (called public domain in the USA), hence royalty-free stock image for all purposes usage credit requested
Please do not redistribute without permission, since running this site is expensive.


Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable says, in the entry for Yoke, “To pass under the yoke. To suffer the disgrace of a vanquished army. The Romans made a yoke of three spears—two upright and one resting on them. When an army was vanquished [i.e. beaten], the soldiers had to lay down their arms [i.e. weapons] and pass under this archway of spears.”

The illustration shows three vertical spears and one horizontal. The conquored soldiers appear to be encouraged to pass under the horizontal spear by a man brandishing a long dagger or possibly a whip. The losers have a cloth wrapped round their waist, but are bare-backed, bare-legged and either barefoot or wearing light shoes or sandals. It might be that they were subsequently taken away and enslaved or killed, or if they were mercenaries I imagine that they might even have been re-hired by the winning army. I didn’t find any description of this image in the book, though.



84 x 94mm (3.3 x 3.7 inches)

Place shown:



Scanner dpi:

1200 dots per inch


You can get a version of this image without the watermark (the URL at the lower right corner). Download image. The images are watermarked to help people find where they came from if they get reposted to blogs or other sites. Images under 1200 pixels on a side are still free, although I will ask for a donation :-)



$Id: mkgallery,v 1.27 2012/09/03 22:34:40 liam Exp liam $