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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


Alexander the Great: cross-dressing conquerer of the world?

Friday 25 January,

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Tony Spawforth, Newcastle University, examines the claim that Alexander liked to dress as a Greek goddess.

Using evidence from the Museum’s collection, drawing fascinating conclusions about Alexander’s kingship and the ‘controlled misreading’ of his use of imagery by hostile contemporaries.

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Marble portrait of Alexander the Great, Hellenistic Greek, 2nd-1st century BC. Said to be from Alexandria, Egypt.