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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


How to read a Latin poem

Friday 17 May,

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Virgil was the greatest Roman poet. His epic poem the Aeneid has been read, enjoyed and studied since it was written in c. 20 BC.

Its famous first line, 'Arma Virumque cano' (Arms and the man, I sing) has been found scrawled over and over again on the walls of Pompeii.

In this interactive event, Mary Beard, University of Cambridge, is joined by Llewelyn Morgan, University of Oxford, and author and Times Literary Supplement Editor Peter Stothard to ask what is special about this poem, and present a beginner's guide to a richly rewarding poet.

They will look at the original Latin, but only minimal knowledge is required.

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