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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


Roman Empire: Power and People

The McManus, Dundee 
24 January – 10 May 2015

Supported through the generosity of the Dorset Foundation

Recommend this exhibition

Roman Empire: Power and People brings together over 160 stunning pieces from the British Museum to explore the story of one of the most powerful empires the world has ever seen.

Highlights include sculpture from the villas of the Emperors Tiberius and Hadrian, coins from the famous Hoxne treasure, beautiful jewellery and even near-perfectly preserved children’s clothing from Roman Egypt.

The exhibition has been developed in partnership with Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and explores the wealth, power and organisation of the Empire, but also how the Romans viewed their provinces and other peoples. Religious, military and personal objects give an insight into the lives of people across the Empire, from northern Britain to Egypt and the Middle East. These fascinating objects show how the influences of the many people and places that the Romans came into contact with were absorbed and adapted into the Empire.

Future venues

Segedunum Roman Fort and Baths 
30 May – 13 September 2015

Previous venues

Leeds City Museum
20 September 2014 – 4 January 2015

The Herbert Museum and Art Gallery,

17 May – 31 August 2014

Norwich Castle Museum  
1 February 2014 – 27 April 2014

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery  
21 September 2013 - 12 January 2014



Sikh Akali-Nihang turban

Part of a marble colossal statue: a barbarian captive clutches the skirts of a standing figure. Roman, circa 160-170