Roman Empire: Power and People

Segedunum Roman Fort and Baths
30 May – 13 September 2015

Supported through the generosity of the Dorset Foundation

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Roman Empire: Power and People brings together over 160 stunning pieces from the British Museum to explore the story of one of the most powerful empires the world has ever seen.

Highlights include sculpture from the villas of the Emperors Tiberius and Hadrian, coins from the famous Hoxne treasure, beautiful jewellery and even near-perfectly preserved children’s clothing from Roman Egypt.

The exhibition has been developed in partnership with Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and explores the wealth, power and organisation of the Empire, but also how the Romans viewed their provinces and other peoples. Religious, military and personal objects give an insight into the lives of people across the Empire, from northern Britain to Egypt and the Middle East. These fascinating objects show how the influences of the many people and places that the Romans came into contact with were absorbed and adapted into the Empire.

Previous venues

The McManus, Dundee
24 January 2015 – 10 May 2015

Leeds City Museum
20 September 2014 – 4 January 2015

The Herbert Museum and Art Gallery,

17 May 2014 – 31 August 2014

Norwich Castle Museum  
1 February 2014 – 27 April 2014

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery  
21 September 2013 - 12 January 2014

Sikh Akali-Nihang turban

Part of a marble colossal statue: a barbarian captive clutches the skirts of a standing figure. Roman, circa 160-170