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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


Open University study day
Introduction to the Classical World

Saturday 6 April,

Tickets £22

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

In partnership with the Open University

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This study day looks at the Museum's collections of Greek artefacts with an emphasis on aspects of Greek architecture and sculpture.

The day will look at the significance, symbolism and context of the Acropolis in Athens; the development of figural sculpture; and Homeric legend in Greek Vase Painting. To maximise the proximity of the Pompeii and Herculaneum exhibition, other topics introduce the art of that part of the Roman world, around the Bay of Naples.

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Parthenon frieze, Greek, 438-432 BC