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Runestone from the Viking Age, photo taken by Lars Zwemmer

March 5, 2013

Paul T. Roberge, Professor of Germanic Languages and Linguistics

The popular image of the Vikings is one of lawless marauders who terrorized the British Isles, the coastal regions of Europe, Russia, and the Black Sea. The raids of the Viking Age were indeed traumatic events for those unlucky enough to find themselves in their paths. Given the Vikings’ singular reputation for violence, it is natural to assume their culture was based on warlordism and a pure heroic warrior ethic. The reality, however, was rather more complex. This talk assesses how effectively the values and constraints embedded in Viking legal systems mitigated the ethos of “might is right.”

TIME: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

All Spotlight on Scholars events take place at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill. There are no preparatory readings for these events.

Program Tuition: Register ahead of time and pay $18.00 per program or pay only $8 if you are a member of the UNC General Alumni Association (GAA). To check your membership status or to join the GAA, please visit or call 800.962.0742. GAA membership is open to all UNC alumni and friends. Tuition is $20.00 for everyone paying at the door.

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