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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


Lines and letters from Classical Greece and the Roman World
City Lit Classics Day

Saturday 2 March,

Tickets £49
Members £35
Concessions £24

This event is bookable through City Lit on 0207 831 7831 and http://www.citylit.ac.uk

In partnership with the City Lit

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A day of lectures by tutors from the City Lit, UCL and the British Museum on the theme of Roman letters.

How did Romans communicate with each other in the first century AD and what did they write about?

Through five lectures, various speakers from UCL, the City Lit and the British Museum, consider the letter-writing and means of communication across the Roman Empire. Letters or epistles, the Vindolanda Tablets and their role as Roman postcards; inscriptions cut in stone for posterity and the expert craftsmen who made them; Pliny's famous letters on the eruption of Vesuvius and Seneca's letters about his experiences while holidaying in Naples.

This day anticipates aspects of the forthcoming exhibition on Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Morning coffee and afternoon tea provided.

Booking Information

Please book via the City Lit on +44 (0)20 7831 7831, infoline@citylit.ac.uk or www.citylit.ac.uk

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Wooden writing-tablet from Vindolanda Fort. Roman Britain, about AD 97-103