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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


Ione or the Last Days of Pompeii (Jone, O Gli ultimi giorni di Pompei)

Friday 13 September,
Stevenson Lecture Theatre

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A screening of the film with live musical accompaniment and an introduction by Maria Wyke, Professor of Latin, UCL.

From the vaults of the British National Film Archive, this early screen adaptation of Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s novel plays out over Pompeii’s last days. It is a dark tale of lovers beset by seduction, murder and cosmic punishment.

Directors: Giovanni Enrico Vidali, Ublado Maria del Colle Italy, 1913, 64 mins, with English titles

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