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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

 
  • Victorious athlete: The Vaison Daidoumenos

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    the Vaison Daidoumenos

    1. Victorious athlete: The Vaison Daidoumenos

    Room 23

    Senior curator, Judith Swaddling describes the athlete.

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  • Prize amphora showing a chariot race

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    Prize amphora showing a chariot race

    2. Prize amphora showing a chariot race

    Room 18a

    Senior curator, Judith Swaddling describes the amphora.

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  • A competitor in the long jump

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    long jump vase

    3. A competitor in the long jump

    Room 71

    Senior curator, Judith Swaddling describes the ancient long jump.

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  • Stele of Lucius who 'competed in a manner worthy of victory'

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    Stele of Lucius

    4. Stele of Lucius who 'competed in a manner worthy of victory'

    Room 70

    Senior curator, Judith Swaddling describes the stele. Audio only

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  • Sprinter on a vase from Rhodes and a bronze running girl

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    Sprinter on a vase from Rhodes and a bronze running girl
  • Hercules mosaic

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    6. Hercules mosaic

    Room 69

    Curator, Peter Higgs describes the mosaic. Audio only

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  • The victory of a cheating pankratiast

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    The victory of a cheating pankratiast

    7. The victory of a cheating pankratiast

    Room 69

    Senior curator, Judith Swaddling describes the vase.

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  • The goddess Nike crowning an athlete

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    The goddess Nike crowning an athlete

    8. The goddess Nike crowning an athlete

    Room 69

    Curator, Peter Higgs describes the seal. Audio only

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