Roman Empire : Power & People

Roman Empire: Power & People
Leeds City Museum, 20 September 2014 – 4 January 2015

Roman Empire: Power & 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 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.

Roman Empire: Power & People is a free exhibition and opens to the public at Leeds City Museum on 20 September 2014 – 4 January 2015. Leeds City Museum is situated in one of Leeds' much loved civic buildings - the Leeds Institute building on Millennium Square.

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26 August-29 August 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm
The Romans are coming!
Join us in the build up to the exhibition, with
free activities to explore and bring to life our Roman collections.

Tuesday 28 October 10am-12pm
Roman object handling.
Drop in to the exhibition to handle real Roman artefacts from across the Empire.

Thursday 30 October 10am-12pm
A Zoo in My Pocket.
Drop in to the exhibition to learn about animals in the Roman World through the coins they appear on.

Friday 31 October 11am-3pm
We love the Romans.
Free fun activity day, roaming with the Romans. Get into character with Roman Rory.
Sponsored by and run in partnership with the Grammar School at Leeds.

Every Saturday, 6-20 December 11am-12.15pm
Roman Rory’s Saturnalia Club.
Help Roman Rory the tiger make Roman themed decorations for our festive museum trees.

Tuesday 16 December 10am-12pm
Roman object handling.
Drop in to the exhibition to handle real Roman artefacts from across the Empire.

Saturday 27 DecemberSunday 28 DecemberTuesday 30 December 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm
Making Mischief! “Lo Saturnalia”….
The Roman winter festival full of jokes and merriment. Free activities where you can make something to
‘trick’ your friends!


Thursday 25 September, 5.30pm
Crime and Punishment in Roman Britain
Dr Lindsay Allason-Jones, Newcastle University

Thursday 16 October, 5.30pm
Fields and farms, lucre and lightning seeds: people, coins and the rural landscape in Roman Yorkshire
Dr Adrian Chadwick, University of Leicester
Sponsored by the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies

Thursday 23 October, 5.30pm
Roman York: An Ancient City Revealed
Dr Patrick Ottoway, PJO Archaeology

Thursday 6 November, 5.30pm
A Cock and Bull Story: Roman finds from Yorkshire recorded by the Portable Antiquities Scheme
Amy Downes, West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Service
Sponsored by the Leeds Philosophical & Literary Society

Thursday 13 November, 5.30pm
Roman Yorkshire: the impact of Eboracum on its hinterlands
Steve Roskams, University of York
All lectures will be held at Leeds City Museum, Millennium
Square Leeds, LS2 8BH

Free entry, no booking required

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