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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


Dionysos/Bacchus (Biographical details)

Dionysos/Bacchus (deity; Roman; Greek; Etruscan; Male)

Also known as

Dionysos/Bacchus; Dionysos; Dionysus; Bacchus; Fuflans; Fufluns; Dionysus/Bacchus


One of the twelve Olympian gods; god of fertility, celebration, ritual and especially wine and intoxication; often associated with theatre; the 'twice born' son of Zeus/Jupiter (q.v.) and Semele (q.v.), his riotous nature is often directly contrasted with the sobriety and reason of Apollo (q.v.). Sometimes depicted with Ariadne (q.v.).