>>Huh. That's remarkably close to the Greek alphabet. > >I could be misremembering this, but I believe Cyrillic script evolved >from ancient Greek by way of Byzantium, in somewhat the same way that >the modern Latin alphabet used in English et al. comes from >Phoenician by way of Rome.
Basically -- it evolved from a mix of the Greek uncial script (which was mostly used in the 4th - 8th centuries) and a 9th-century Slavic alphabet called Glagolitic. (Which I've long thought looks like a harried Hollywood intern's attempt at an alien alphabet.)
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