The Roman Empire was the greatest the world had ever known. Its dominions stretched from Britain to Persia, from the Maghreb to Northern Europe, and encompassed every inch of shoreline along the great Mediterranean Sea. While Rome endured for centuries, establishing a system of colonization and administration that is still copied today, the Empire was always on the brink of collapse. Indeed, the definitive history of Rome, Edward Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, covers the period from 98 through 1590. In other words, Rome’s decline and fall lasted for almost 15 full centuries! This boxed collection contains bronze coins of Diocletian, Constantius II, Julian II, Valentinian I, Valens, Gratian, Valentinian II, Arcadius, Theodosius II, and Heraclius.