Leaf from a 16th century Syriac prayer book

The pretty things you can find going through the digital archives of the public domain. The actual manuscript can be found at Miami University.

Syriac- The language was born around the 5th Century BC as an Aramaic dialect and then had its heyday between the 4th and 8th centuries. It bore upon its back the Christianities that came from the Assyrian Church such as the Nestorian church and others, spreading as far as Malabar and China from its Levantine base. It is part of the Semitic family of languages which means it is a cousin of Arabic and Hebrew, which is why similarities can be found between them all.

Wikipedia's Syriac Page

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