Autumn Edition 2015

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...that Russian is written in Cyrillic?

Written Russian adopts the Cyrillic alphabet which was invented by a missionary of the Byzantine Empire during the First Bulgarian Empire. It is based on the Greek alphabet with Glagolitic characters (the oldest known Slavic alphabet).

Saint Cyril gives his name to the Cyrillic alphabet

It was a missionary of the Byzantine Empire during the First Bulgarian Empire (it is speculated that it may be the figure of Saint Clement of Ohrid) who invented the Cyrillic alphabet based on the Greek alphabet with Glagolitic characters. The Glagolitic alphabet is made up exclusively of Slavic sounds and was invented by Saints Cyril and Methodius, missionaries of the Byzantine Empire who used it to translate the Bible in the cultural context of the Slavs in the 9th Century. It is precisely Saint Cyril who gives his name to the alphabet. This bible was written in Old Church Slavonic, based on a Slavic dialect learnt in Thessaloniki, Greece. This language was used by the Russian Orthodox Church between the 9th and 12th Centuries. In the 14th Century Church Slavonic emerged, which is still used today in worship.

Many languages besides Russian use the Cyrillic alphabet

Today, besides Russian, there are many languages that use this alphabet including the following: Belarussian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Chechen, Kazakh, Macedonian, Moldovan, Mongolian, Serbian, Tatar, Tajik, Kyrgyz, Ukrainian, Uzbek, Turkmen, Yakut and several others. Some of these languages are also written using the Latin alphabet, although Serbo-Croatian is the only language in which the two alphabets are used officially, the Latin version having the most widespread use. At present, the composition of the original Cyrillic alphabet is still unknown.