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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

 

 

All things Roman

The Romans left an extensive legacy in Britain. Roman sites, collections and activities are enduringly popular and form an integral part of our heritage.

To celebrate all things Roman in the week of 23 September, the British Museum has brought together museums across the UK to showcase their Roman collections through activities during the week.

Find out more on social media with #BeingRoman


London

Being Roman

Being Roman

Saturday 28 September, 11.00–16.00

A day of family activities to explore ancient Rome. Help make a mosaic pavement, create your own Roman jewellery, find out about hairstyles and clothes, try some Roman graffiti and discuss volcanoes with Pliny the Younger.

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Galleries

UK

Roman Empire

Roman Empire: Power and People

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
21 September 2013 – 12 January 2014

Roman Empire: Power and People brings together over 160 stunning pieces from the British Museum to explore the story of one of the most powerful empires the world has ever seen.

These fascinating objects show how the influences of the many people and places that the Romans came into contact with were absorbed and adapted into the Empire.

The touring exhibition will visit Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, The Herbert Museum and Art Gallery in Coventry, Leeds City Museum, The McManus in Dundee and Segedunum Roman Fort and Baths.

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Activities

A range of activities will be taking place across the UK. Find out what's happening near you with our interactive map.

World

Worldwide screenings

Worldwide screenings of Pompeii from the British Museum

Over 1,000 cinemas in 51 countries

Experience the fascinating story of Pompeii and Herculaneum from wherever you are in the world. In cinemas around the world now.

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Explore online

The British Museum holds a diverse range of objects from the Roman Empire. The collection includes material from Roman Britain, an extensive collection of Roman coins, objects from Rome’s Mediterranean heartland and evocative mummy portraits from Ancient Egypt and Sudan.

Objects 
Themes 
World cultures 
Tours