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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site

 

Speeding chariot

Here, carved in just a few centimetres of marble, four horses are shown running abreast, their fiery manes blowing in the wind. This motif is picked up in the flying crest of the helmet of the foot soldier who rides in the chariot, and again in the flying cloak that billows behind the battered head of the charioteer. The distinctive manner of carving the manes also appears elsewhere in the frieze. We can use such clues to identify those blocks of the frieze that were carved by the same hand.

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