The Last Roman: Peasant to Emperor
13 April 2018 – 14 April 2019
Free to all
This exhibition tells the fascinating story Emperor Justinian I (527 - 565 AD) through the Barber's world-class collection of coins.
Emperor Justinian I, the so-called ‘Last Roman Emperor’, rose from peasant beginnings in Serbia to become the most powerful man on Earth.
Crowned Emperor of the Romans at Constantinople in 527 AD, Justinian’s reign saw a surge in the might of the Roman Empire – land in the West was reclaimed from the Goths, Vandals and Franks, a new law code was written and an ambitious programme of building was undertaken.
During his rule, the fiscal economy was reformed, leading to some of the largest and most impressive coins the Empire had ever seen.