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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


Special event
Up late in Pompeii: a night out in the Bay of Naples

Friday 10 May,
British Museum
Free, just drop in

Recommend this event

Prepare yourself for a night on the town, Pompeii and Herculaneum style!

See how the Romans got their hair done, try tasty morsels from the Bay of Naples, drop in on the latest debates raging in the forum and browse through the shops in a Roman street scene.

You can also hear readings of Roman love poetry and discover Roman attitudes towards sex.


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