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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


Interpreting Rome: Alastair Sooke in conversation

Friday 1 February,

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A discussion on the considerations of interpreting the vast subject of Rome through television and museum displays.

Alastair Sooke, Arts Correspondent on The Daily Telegraph, BBC Culture Show contributor and presenter of acclaimed BBC show The Treasures of Ancient Rome, and Paul Roberts, curator of the exhibition Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum.

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Bronze head of Augustus, c27-25 BC, from Meroë, Sudan