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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.

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The spirit of Achilles takes its revenge

Close-up showing detailWine jar, made in Athens about 570-550 BC

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Just before the Greeks left Troy to go back home, the spirit of Achilles appeared to them and demanded payment for all the fighting he had done. He wanted the blood of Polyxena, the daughter of the king of Troy.

The picture shows the son of Achilles (a little to the left of centre) cutting the throat of Polyxena. Three Greek soldiers hold her log-like body, as the blood from Polyxena's throat runs down onto the tomb of Achilles.

And so the war ended.