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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


Pompeii: an introduction

Friday 26 April,

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Mary Beard, University of Cambridge, and best-selling author Robert Harris discuss the enduring appeal of the story of Pompeii.

Mary's Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town and Robert's Pompeii have provided powerful introductions to both the site and to life in the Roman Empire for millions of readers, and in this conversation they discuss the special hold on our imagination still claimed by this ancient town and the people who once lived there.

This event will have live speech-to-text transcription to give deaf, deafened and hard of hearing visitors access to the talk.

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