Roman spoils laid at the feet of Claudius Civilis

Giovanni Antonio de Groot1697/1698

Royal Palace Amsterdam

Royal Palace Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Roman soldiers lay down their arms and other booty at the feet of Claudius Civilis, leader of the Batavian revolt. Civilis offers the departing Romans parts of this booty. Roman soldiers who were prepared to stay were given high-raking positions in the Batavian army. Civilis hoped that this would help him forge a new alliance with the Romans.

Additional information:
Ever since 1584, stadholders had been compared with the leaders of the Batavian revolt. The Batavian leader Claudius Civilis and Brinio, of the Canninefate tribe, are the key figures in five works in the Batavian series. The Batavians and the Canninefates had united with the Frisians to fight the Romans in 69-70 AD. The mythical forefathers of the Dutch were rebelling not so much against the Roman Emperor as against the unreasonable behaviour of the governor, just as the seven provinces that formed the Dutch Republic united to fight harsh Spanish officials, rather than the Spanish king.


  • Title: Roman spoils laid at the feet of Claudius Civilis
  • Creator Lifespan: 1664 - 1712
  • Creator Nationality: Italian
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Scopa
  • Creator Birth Place: Arona
  • Date Created: 1697/1698
  • Technique: Fresco
  • Physical Dimensions: w10 x h5000 mm
  • Painter: Giovanni Antonio de Groot
  • Display: Royal Palace Amsterdam
  • Type: Fresco
  • Rights: © Stichting Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam. Photo: René Gerritsen

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