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THE FREISING MANUSCRIPTS (BRIŽINSKI SPOMENIKI) - THE OLDEST KNOWN WRITINGS IN SLOVENE

November, 2000

 

The earliest known Slovene text written in the Latin script dates back to the end of the first millennium and is considered to be a landmark denoting the beginning of Slovene literary and cultural history.

 

Known as the Freising Manuscripts (the record was found in the Monuments of Freising), they are preserved today in the Bavarian State Archives in Munich.

 

Three Slovene religious liturgies comprise the oldest texts written in any of the Slavic languages.

 

The Freising Manuscripts continue to attract the attention of international and national specialists and remain an elite research area. Arguments against the Slovenian origin of the manuscripts no longer have much weight, since experts consider them almost unanimously to be a part of the cultural heritage of Slovenia.

 

Today, the original documents are in the Munich National Library. Slovenska knjiga and the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts published a facsimile of the documents in 1992, and in May 1996 an extensive anthology was also published under the same name that combined articles from an international symposium (Ljubljana 1994) and the 1992 facsimile.

 

 

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