We tried loads of photographic approaches for this cover before arriving at this. I created this illustration as a last-minute entry to the Cover Meeting, and amazingly it ended up being the finished jacket. Here's the finished cover, plus a close-up of
A LATE ROMAN GOLD FINGER RING Circa 350 A.D. The solid hoop flat, beveled on the interior, with a raised rectangular bezel inscribed FIDEM, the hoop inscribed CONSTANTINO, the underside of the bezel stamped with an intersecting T and R, for the city of Trier
ancientpeoples: Gold ring inscribed “FIDEM” on the bezel and.
A LATE ROMAN GOLD FINGER RING Circa 350 A.D. The solid hoop rectangular in section, with a raised rectangular bezel inscribed FIDEM, the hoop inscribed D[omino] N[ostro] CONSTANTINO AUGUSTO N[ovo] AN[no], its weight (17.6 grams) equal to 4 solidi