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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


Sex in Pompeii and Herculaneum

Friday 10 May,

Free, booking advised

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

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Exhibition Curator Paul Roberts uncovers how the Romans used and viewed 'sexual' material and suggests how we should view them today.

The rediscovery of Pompeii and Herculaneum produced a huge quantity of 'sexual' material, from wall paintings to lamps.

Roman art contained overtly erotic images but also others with different relevance, encompassing humour, fertility and superstition. Images of phalluses, in particular, were everywhere in the cities – a lucky symbol to protect people, houses and businesses.

Age: 11+

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Portrait of baker Terentius Neo and his wife. Pompeii, AD 55–79. © DeAgostini/SuperStock.