Roman bust of Emperor Vespasian – small size
Vespasian (Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus; 17.11.9 – 23.6.79) reigned as Emperor between AD 69 to AD 79. He was the founder of the Flavian dynasty which ruled the Empire for the next decades. He became famous as a successful military commander, participating in the Roman invasion of Britain in the year 43. In addition, he fought against the Jews during their rebellion of AD 66.
While Vespasian was preparing to besiege the city of Jerusalem during the latter campaign, emperor Nero committed suicide, plunging the empire into a year of civil war in which no less than four Emperors reigned Rome (Nero, Galba, Otho and Vitellius). In response, the armies in Egypt and Judaea declared Vespasian emperor on 1 July.
Little information survives about the government during the ten years Vespasian was emperor. His reign is best known for financial reforms following the demise of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, the successful campaign against the Jews and several ambitious construction projects, such as the Colosseum (see the marvellous Replica coin that we have on offer). Upon his death in 79, he was succeeded by his eldest son Titus who issued the mentioned coin, thus becoming the first Roman Emperor to be directly succeeded by his own son.
- height with base approx. 45cm
- black base
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