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  1. Cyrillic alphabet, writing system developed in the 9th–10th century ce for Slavic-speaking peoples of the Eastern Orthodox faith. It is currently used exclusively or as one of several alphabets for more than 50 languages, notably Belarusian, Bulgarian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Macedonian, Montenegrin (spoken in Montenegro; also called Serbian), Russian, Serbian, Tajik (a dialect of Persian), Turkmen ...

  2. Although Hestia appeared in a few stories, she was not overly significant in Greek mythology. Hestia is completely omitted from the works of Homer, author of the Iliad and the Odyssey. Poets such as Apollodorous, Hesiod, and Ovid allude to her in their works.

  3. In 1953, the United States abandoned a confusing two-year old plan to name storms by a phonetic alphabet (Able, Baker, Charlie) when a new, international phonetic alphabet was introduced. That year, the United States began using female names for storms.

  4. Facts about hieroglyphics. Although hieroglyphics are Egyptian, the word hieroglyphics is Greek. “Hiero” means “holy” and “glyphics” means “marks” or “writings” – so the word means “holy writings“. The Egyptians believed there was great power in a name.

  5. The Russian alphabet is also referred to as Cyrillic alphabet because one of its authors was a Greek monk St. Cyril. St. Cyril and St. Methodius created the early version of the Cyrillic alphabet in the 10th century. These monks combined letters of the Greek alphabet with new characters for the specifically Slavonic sounds.

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