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.

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.

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Death riding a horse and shooting. Gennady's Bible (Russian: Генна́диевская Би́блия) is the first full manuscript Bible in Old Church Slavonic, produced in 1490s. Gennady (1410–1505), Archbishop of Novgorod the Great and Pskov,

Death riding a horse and shooting. Gennady's Bible (Russian: Генна́диевская Би́блия) is the first full manuscript Bible in Old Church Slavonic, produced in 1490s. Gennady (1410–1505), Archbishop of Novgorod the Great and Pskov,

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Stefan Nemanja (Old Church Slavonic: Стѣфань, Serbian: Стефан Немања, pronounced [stefan nemaɲa]  ; ca 1113 – 13 February 1199) was the Grand Prince (Veliki Župan) of the Serbian Grand Principality (Rascia) from 1166 to 1196. He was an heir of the Vukanović dynasty and was the founder of the Nemanjić dynasty. Photo: The fresco of Saint Simeon (Stefan Nemanja), King's Church in Studenica monastery.

Stefan Nemanja (Old Church Slavonic: Стѣфань, Serbian: Стефан Немања, pronounced [stefan nemaɲa] ; ca 1113 – 13 February 1199) was the Grand Prince (Veliki Župan) of the Serbian Grand Principality (Rascia) from 1166 to 1196. He was an heir of the Vukanović dynasty and was the founder of the Nemanjić dynasty. Photo: The fresco of Saint Simeon (Stefan Nemanja), King's Church in Studenica monastery.

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Semargl or Simargl (Old Church Slavonic: Семарьглъ, Симарьглъ) is a deity or mythical creature in East Slavic mythology. An idol of Semargl was present in the pantheon of Great Prince Vladimir I of Kiev. It may be the equivalent of Simurgh in Persian mythology who is also represented like a griffin with a dog body.

Semargl or Simargl (Old Church Slavonic: Семарьглъ, Симарьглъ) is a deity or mythical creature in East Slavic mythology. An idol of Semargl was present in the pantheon of Great Prince Vladimir I of Kiev. It may be the equivalent of Simurgh in Persian mythology who is also represented like a griffin with a dog body.

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Old Church Slavonic language (alphabet & language created by Saints/brothers Cyril & Methodius, c. 863) from the Flowery Triod (Triod' cvetnaja), 1491 (artists:  Sveboldus Fiol & Jan Turzon ~ Krakow).  One of the oldest printed Byzantine-Slavonic books since there had been no prior alphabet for that region.

Old Church Slavonic language (alphabet & language created by Saints/brothers Cyril & Methodius, c. 863) from the Flowery Triod (Triod' cvetnaja), 1491 (artists: Sveboldus Fiol & Jan Turzon ~ Krakow). One of the oldest printed Byzantine-Slavonic books since there had been no prior alphabet for that region.

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Cyrillic script is used to write more than 50 different languages. (Image from "Omniglot.com - writing systems and languages of the world")

Cyrillic script is used to write more than 50 different languages. (Image from "Omniglot.com - writing systems and languages of the world")

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Linguistics Research Center: links to learn Old French, Old Norse, Gothic, etc. all online!

Linguistics Research Center: links to learn Old French, Old Norse, Gothic, etc. all online!

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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.

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.

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