I found this inscription on a Croatian island (island of Cres), on a tombstone.

There were other inscriptions with this alphabet in that very cemetery.

I never saw this alphabet before though. What is it?

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    At quick glance it looks like Glagolitsa. Sep 8, 2019 at 10:34
  • @seven-phases-max From the article: "That claim, however, has been resolutely[clarification needed] disproven." Ahh, Wikipedia. :)
    – Spencer
    Sep 8, 2019 at 11:12
  • @Spencer Sorry, I don't quite follow what you mean. What claim exactly? Sep 8, 2019 at 11:32
  • @seven-phases-max The claim that St Jerome invented the Glagolitic script. See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glagolitic_script#Hieronymian_version Sep 8, 2019 at 11:58
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    @Spencer: I'm not surprised at all. When you don't include things like that, a pseudo-scientific or nationalist hothead invariably edits the page to add and elaborate on the thoroughly debunked theory. So might as well add the misconception and explain why it's wrong. Sep 8, 2019 at 12:46

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The Croatian Glagolitic script:.

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Which has some variants over time, like this one:

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The text probably reads: BLIZ BJDI GSP??I which means bliže budi (GSP??I) be closer to (‘the lord is hinted to in the comments but the last couple of letters before the I can not be decyphered because they are outside of the frame of the picture)

I initially translated GSP??I to hospita (lady) but ‘lord’ may well be intended.

  • Ok I added some more info. Just the Glagolitic letters are quite remarkable. Not all letters can be seen completely on the picture. The grave has a house shape so gospodi made me think of hospita. But en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gospić Maybe this city is meant?
    – Ajagar
    Sep 8, 2019 at 22:21
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    "Bliže budi gospođi" Means 'will be closer to the Lord'.
    – Yellow Sky
    Sep 9, 2019 at 8:02
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    @YellowSky: you beat me by a few minutes... Господь
    – tum_
    Sep 9, 2019 at 8:19
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    Lady? Where did you get that? I'm not an expert in medieval Croatian, but "Blize budi gospodi" is pretty much understandable for most (all?) Slavic speakers and means "Be close(r), Lord" (no ladies, no wills, no tos). This is an appeal to the God (as in prayer, and I won't wonder if it's actually a quote from some common prayer). Sep 9, 2019 at 9:31
  • he was a priest so his wife is out of question btw.
    – Dakatine
    Sep 9, 2019 at 12:07

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