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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


The wall-paintings of Pompeii and Herculaneum

Thursday 23 May,

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Roman wall-painting, as revealed by the remains of Pompeii and Herculaneum, represents a remarkable phenomenon in the history of Western art.

Most of it comes from domestic interiors – it was carried out in the fresco technique and appeared in almost every room of the house.

In this lecture, Roger Ling, University of Manchester, traces the development of Pompeian wall-paintings, both deluxe and downmarket, and draws conclusions on their social and cultural context.

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