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Glagolitic alphabet

The Glagolitic alphabet was invented during the 9th century by the missionaries St Cyril (827-869 AD) and St Methodius (826-885 AD) in order to translate the Bible and other religious works into the language of the Great Moravia region. They probably modelled Glagolitic on a cursive form of the Greek alphabet, and based their translations on a Slavic dialect of the Thessalonika area, which formed the basis of the literary standard known as Old Church Slavonic.

Old Church Slavonic was used as the liturgical language of the Russian Orthodox church between the 9th and 12th centuries. A more modern form of the language, known as Church Slavonic, appeared during the 14th century and is still used in the Russian Orthodox church.

Glagolitic alphabet

This chart shows the Glagolitic alphabet with the names of the letters in Old Church Slavonic, the Cyrillic and Latin equivalents of the letters, and IPA transcription.

Glagolitic alphabet

Glagolitic alphabet improved by Michael Peter Füstumum

Download a Glagolitic alphabet chart (Excel)

Cursive version of the Glagolitic alphabet

Cursive version of the Glagolitic alphabet

Cursive Glagolitic provided by Igor Kusin

Links

Information about the Glagolitic alphabet
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glagolitic_alphabet
http://www.bulgaria.com/welkya/kritika/slave2.html
http://www.hr/darko/etf/et03.html

The Budapest Glagolitic Fragments - two fragments from a parchment manuscript containing nine lines of text from the Old Slavonic translation of the Life of St Symeon Stylites written in round glagolitic script: http://web.archive.org/web/20070208101114/http://userweb.port.ac.uk/~cleminsr/introd.html

Information about St Cyril and St Methodius
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Cyril
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Methodius

Glagolitic fonts
http://www.wazu.jp/gallery/Fonts_Glagolitic.html
http://www.croatianhistory.net/etf/gl-font.html

ALPHABETUM - a Unicode font specifically designed for ancient scripts, including classical & medieval Latin, ancient Greek, Etruscan, Oscan, Umbrian, Faliscan, Messapic, Picene, Iberian, Celtiberian, Gothic, Runic, Old & Middle English, Hebrew, Sanskrit, Old Nordic, Ogham, Kharosthi, Glagolitic, Old Cyrillic, Phoenician, Avestan, Ugaritic, Linear B, Anatolian scripts, Coptic, Cypriot, Brahmi, Old Persian cuneiform: http://guindo.pntic.mec.es/~jmag0042/alphabet.html

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