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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


Study day
Myth in the Greek and Roman worlds

Saturday 7 December,
Stevenson Lecture Theatre

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This study day is related to a new Open University course. It explores what myth is, how Greek and Roman myths connect, and what their context was.

Lectures and talks covering characters such as Hippolytus, Aeneas, Io, Phaeton, Europa, Apollo and Diana will be illustrated through painting, prints, drawings, sculpture, coins and medals, largely from the Museum's collection.

Speakers will include British Museum curators.

Open to Open University students and members of the public.

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