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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


Warren Cup

11 May – 2 July 2006

Exhibition closed

Room 3

The Asahi Shimbun Displays
Objects in focus

Supported by

Sex and society in Ancient Greece and Rome

The Warren Cup is a Roman silver drinking cup dating to the 1st century AD. It is decorated with sexual scenes showing two pairs of male lovers.

To mark the publication of a new book by Dyfri Williams, this small exhibition offers a close focus on this drinking vessel and its cultural context.

The Warren Cup

The Warren Cup, Roman, mid-1st century AD. Said to be from Bittir (ancient Bethther), near Jerusalem