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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

 

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Don’t miss the world première of Pompeii Live – the first live cinema event produced by the British Museum from a major exhibition.

See the wonders of the exhibition from the comfort of the cinema, introduced live by British Museum Director Neil MacGregor, presented by Peter Snow and Bettany Hughes and featuring Mary Beard, Rachel de Thame, Giorgio Locatelli, Andrew Wallace-Hadrill and exhibition curator Paul Roberts who bring extraordinary objects to life in this unique event.

Plus, you’ll see specially made films of Pompeii and Herculaneum today, and go behind the scenes of the exhibition to explore the stories of these famous Roman cities.

 
Peter Snow

Peter Snow

Bettany Hughes

Bettany Hughes

Mary Beard

Mary Beard

Neil MacGregor

Neil MacGregor

Andrew Wallace-Hadrill

Andrew Wallace-Hadrill

Giorgio Locatelli

Giorgio Locatelli

Rachel de Thame

Rachel de Thame

Paul Roberts

Paul Roberts


Exhibition

Pompeii exhibition

Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum

28 March – 29 September 2013

From the bustling street to the intimate spaces of a Roman home, this major exhibition will take you to the heart of people’s lives in Pompeii and Herculaneum.
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Events

Pompeii events

Bringing the Romans to life in the heart of London

Come to the British Museum for a range of lectures, workshops, films and craft activities exploring life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum.

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Catalogue

Catalogue

By exhibition curator
Paul Roberts

This captivating book explores the lives of the ordinary people of Pompeii and Herculaneum buried by the catastrophic volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Includes new photography and over 200 objects.

App

App

Download the official exhibition app

Immerse yourself in the life of the two Roman cities through exclusive video footage and curator interviews. Explore the story of Vesuvius's eruption in the interactive timeline to see the differing fates of the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

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