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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


Visions of Greece

Friday 8 March,

Tickets £5
Members/Concessions £3

Phone +44 (0)20 7323 8181
Ticket Desk in Great Court

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From the early expeditions of the Dilettanti to Lord Byron, Greece had a transforming effect on travellers in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The idealised image of ancient Greece that inspired these travellers fuelled sympathy for the Greek independence movement.

This discussion will examine early-19th-century perceptions of Greece and will consider modern Greek nationalism in the light of independence in the 1830s. With Roderick Beaton, King's College London, writer and poet David Constantine and Athena Leoussi, University of Reading, chaired by Ian Jenkins, British Museum.

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