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 The Real Gothic Alphabet

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PostSubject: The Real Gothic Alphabet   Fri Oct 05, 2012 6:18 am

The Goths were one of the most important "barbarian" tribes responsible for the downfall of the Roman Empire and the politics of early Medieval Europe. By the 4th century CE, the Goths were becoming Christianized. At this time, the Goths wrote their language using their version of the Futhark alphabet, but it was deemed to be a pagan invention. Except for a few Norse inscriptions in runes, records of Gothic are older than those for any other Germanic language.

The Gothic alphabet was used in all manuscripts written in Gothic and found in Europe. It is traditionally believed that the Gothic alphabet's 27 letters, consisting of 25 modified Greek symbols and 2 runes, were invented by bishop Wulfila, also known as Ulfilas (311-383), a Greek missionary responsible for the conversion of the Goths to Christianity. His invention of the Gothic alphabet took the Greek alphabet, added letters from Latin and Futhark alphabets, and created a new alphabet to write the Gothic language. This meant that, for the first time in the Germanic world, writing could be used for the dissemination of ideas. The alphabet was used until the 6th century, and was only written in the Gothic language. The Ostrogoths of ancient Germany and Italy and the Visigoths of Eastern Europe and Spain spoke Gothic.

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PostSubject: Re: The Real Gothic Alphabet   Thu Oct 11, 2012 4:45 am

Although the ancient Slavs allegedly had no writing system of their own before Christianisation took place in the 10th century AD, I wonder if perhaps this alphabet, or one more or less similar, had spread to the eastern European plains. I find it really hard to believe that they spoke a language yet had no written form of it, whereas seemingly every other nation in the world at the time did. scratch

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