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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


The Annual Denys Haynes Memorial Lecture
The art of ancient Greek theatre

Friday 28 February,

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Theatre was born in Greece in the mid-6th century BC, with choral dances held in honour of the god Dionysos. These performances became a vital part of urban life, with plays being staged in competition at the god’s annual festivals.

Through depictions of actors, sets and performances, this lecture explores the emergence of theatre as we know it from evidence on vase-paintings and in sculpture between the 5th and 1st centuries BC.

The lecturer, Dr Mary Louise Hart, is Associate Curator of Antiquities at the J Paul Getty Museum, California, and curated the exhibition of the same name at The Getty Villa in Malibu in 2010.

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Vase B509 showing 'bird men' from a chorus