Friday, June 11, 2021

The (Church Slavonic) Writing on the Wall

CHURCH SLAVONIC WATCH: The Walls Speak: Ancient Graffiti Deciphered In Kyiv Cathedral. After 15 years of work, Ukrainian researchers have published a study of thousands of messages -- some dating back nearly 1,000 years -- scratched onto the walls of Kyiv’s St. Sophia Cathedral (Radio Free Europe, Ukraine). The cited graffiti range from the pious to the personal to the whimsical. The oldest one is a drawing of a duck, signed by "Petro" in 1065.

It's always nice to have graffiti in an old language alongside the literary texts. Graffiti give us a better idea of what regular people were thinking and talking about.

For PaleoJudaica posts on (Old) Church Slavonic, with explanation of why we're interested, see here and links.

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