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">Mark Churms has captured the character of a Roman Aquilifer through the art of painting. The central figure, an Eagle Bearer, sloshes through shallow, salty water to advance against hostile British warriors. His cold, blue armor enhances the dread of the drawn stabbing sword. The round blue shield he grips moves in upon itself to protect his body, and the fading Roman republic. A moving green surf augments the actions of nearby soldiers and chariots. The eagle atop the Aquilifer's standard appeals to the power of the gods of war. Flying missiles and a grey sky imply a motionless negation or discord like the senseless loss of lives in combat. Churms reveals internal truth of a man which words cannot adequately express, and that only the great artist can divine. The legionnaire appears to be full of vitality, born of the demands of internalized Roman virtues - courage, discipline and steadfastness. He seems determined and stalwart-ready for anything the enemy might confront him with. This is a purposeful man who has subordinated himself to the state and the code of a noble soldier.Churm's painting passionately asserts the unity of man's body, mind and spirit. It can be admired from the point of view of the body - that well muscled Eagle Bearer in action. It can also be looked at from the standpoint of the mind - a great crystallization of artistic, intellectual energy. But the stirring standard, with its engraved symbols of Roman Gods seems to imply that Churms is chiefly concerned with man's spirit and its connection to heavenly purpose.Valentine J. Belfiglio. (Professor, Texas University)JULIUS CAESAR'S INVASION OF GREAT BRITAIN: 55B.C. Ancient Roman History Masterpiece Giclee Canvas Reproduction by Mark Churms and Fine Art Print on quality paper stock, published by MarkChurms.com available.