Originally written and published 12 November 2012
During a recent trip to Zagreb, I was fascinated to learn that a distinctive and decorative alphabet called Glagoljica (Glagolitic) exists that was used for centuries in Croatia before Roman lettering became dominant.
Whilst strolling through the city, by chance I wandered into a souvenir shop that had many items on display adorned with various unusual letter shapes. I thought they were ancient runes but the shop owner (who luckily spoke good English) showed me a poster she had for sale entitled “Glagoljica” and explained that they were letters from an old Croatian alphabet.
After the tablet was found, it then took almost 25 years before a full translation was completed but, unfortunately, the subject matter was not very exciting – it commemorates a gift of land by King Zvonimir to the church and gives details of attendees at the presentation ceremony. However, that is not so important as its real value lay in its use as a resource for studying both the development of Glagolitic script as well as the Croatian language.
The Croatian Academy of Art and Science website is here.
My heartfelt thanks to the lady who owns Gallery Gea, Radeceva 35, Zagreb.
7/1/2015 03:58:16 am
Nice work with glagolitic letters, but a small mistake occurs. The letter shown is letter Đ, not letter J.
9/1/2015 02:31:22 am
Thanks for the correction GLUD. Although the poster I've pictured relates glagolitic letters to the latin alphabet, it seems they can't be accurately married up. I've deleted the caption. Your FB page is interesting - this is clearly your area of expertise!
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