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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


Gallery talk
How to read Roman inscriptions

Tuesday 29 January,
Room 70
Free, just drop in

Recommend this event

A gallery talk by Dirk Booms, Department of Greece and Rome.

Gallery talks last 45 minutes.

They are given by Museum staff or guest speakers and are suitable for all levels of knowledge.

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Marble inscription with damnatio memoriae of Geta, son of Septimius Severus. Roman, AD 193-211. From Rome, Italy