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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 Romans at dinner: a view from archaeology and art

Monday 17 June,

Free, booking advised

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

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A lecture discussing Roman dining practices as shown in art and archaeology.

Dinner for the Romans was the central function of social life, and a formal dinner party was governed by numerous rules and conventions, some of them still familiar but many alien to modern ways.

Katherine Dunbabin, Professor Emerita, McMaster University, discusses what these tell us about Roman attitudes to dining and the ideology that governed behaviour at the dining table.

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