The son of a tax collector, Vespasian instituted a series of tax reforms to restore the Roman Empire's finances after military success in Judaea.  He then began several ambitious civic projects, including the building of The Flavian Amphitheater, the largest ever built.  Today it is known as the Roman Colosseum.  The colosseum, which could accommodate over 50,000 people, was used for many sorts of civic functions including mock naval battles, gladiator fights and dramatic performances. 














 Coin of Vespasian                               Copper                                               69 – 79 C.E.                         2015.16.0074                                         Gift of Ron D’Argenio