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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.

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Fictionalising Pompeii

Friday 12 July,

Tickets £5
Members/Concessions £3

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

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Lindsey Davis, author of the series featuring Roman detective Marcus Didius Falco, speaks on the attraction, considerations and processes of writing on life in the Roman world.

She will talk about the challenge of fictionalising Pompeii in particular, when the story's end is so well known.

Followed by a book signing.

Introduced by Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, University of Cambridge.

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