Early Cyrillic alphabet

  • early cyrillic alphabet
    early cyrillic sample.svg
    early cyrillic alphabet.svg
    type
    alphabet
    languagesold church slavonic, church slavonic, old versions of many slavic languages
    time period
    from circa 893 in bulgaria
    parent systems
    egyptian hieroglyphs [1]
    • phoenician alphabet
      • greek alphabet (with influence from the glagolitic alphabet)
        • early cyrillic alphabet
    sister systems
    latin alphabet
    coptic alphabet
    armenian alphabet
    directionvaries
    iso 15924cyrs, 221
    u+1c80–u+1c8f cyrillic extended-c

    the early cyrillic alphabet is a writing system that was developed in the first bulgarian empire during the late 9th century[2][3][4] on the basis of the greek alphabet[5][6][7] for the slavic peoples living near the byzantine empire in south east and central europe.[8] the objective was to make it possible to have christian service in slavic tongue, instead of in greek, which locals did not understand, and to bring bulgarian subjects closer to the cultural influence of christianity, the official religion of the byzantine empire. it was used by slavic peoples in south east, central and eastern europe.[8]

    it was developed in the preslav literary school in the capital city of the first bulgarian empire in order to write the old church slavonic language (called also old bulgarian).[9][10] the modern cyrillic script is still used primarily for some slavic languages (such as bulgarian, serbian, russian and ukrainian), and for east european and asian languages that have experienced a great amount of russian cultural influence.

    among some of the traditionally culturally influential countries using cyrillic script are bulgaria, russia, serbia and ukraine.

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Early Cyrillic alphabet
Early Cyrillic sample.svg
Early Cyrillic alphabet.svg
Type
LanguagesOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, old versions of many Slavic languages
Time period
from circa 893 in Bulgaria
Parent systems
Egyptian hieroglyphs [1]
Sister systems
Latin alphabet
Coptic alphabet
Armenian alphabet
DirectionVaries
ISO 15924Cyrs, 221
U+1C80–U+1C8F Cyrillic Extended-C

The Early Cyrillic alphabet is a writing system that was developed in the First Bulgarian Empire during the late 9th century[2][3][4] on the basis of the Greek alphabet[5][6][7] for the Slavic peoples living near the Byzantine Empire in South East and Central Europe.[8] The objective was to make it possible to have Christian service in Slavic tongue, instead of in Greek, which locals did not understand, and to bring Bulgarian subjects closer to the cultural influence of Christianity, the official religion of the Byzantine Empire. It was used by Slavic peoples in South East, Central and Eastern Europe.[8]

It was developed in the Preslav Literary School in the capital city of the First Bulgarian Empire in order to write the Old Church Slavonic language (called also Old Bulgarian).[9][10] The modern Cyrillic script is still used primarily for some Slavic languages (such as Bulgarian, Serbian, Russian and Ukrainian), and for East European and Asian languages that have experienced a great amount of Russian cultural influence.

Among some of the traditionally culturally influential countries using Cyrillic script are Bulgaria, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine.