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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


The Tale of Sinuhe

In this ancient Egyptian poem from 1850 BC, an Egyptian courtier, Sinuhe, living in exile in Palestine tells how he won a duel with a foreign enemy, but then realised his life was meaningless away from his home in Egypt. This dramatic self-realisation is the thematic centre of the poem.

Performed by Gary Pillai and Shobu Kapoor in the Egyptian Sculpture gallery, 18 February 2010, as part of the Ramesseum Papyri research project.

For more information about the project, and the performance aspect contact Richard Parkinson: egyptian@britishmuseum.org.

The Ramesseum Papyri research project 

Related object: ostrakon of The Tale of Sinuhe, Thebes, Egypt, around 1250 BC 

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The Tale of Sinuhe

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