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Cyril and Methodius
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Cyril (actually Constantine; 826/827, Thessaloniki – Feb 14, 869, Rome) and Methodius (orig. Michael?; c. 815, Thessaloniki – Apr 6, 885, presumably Stare Mesto, Moravia), brothers, Byzantine missionaries to the Slavs, creators of Old Church Slavonic (Ecclesiastical language; Liturgical language) pioneers, and shapers of European and Slavic culture. Constantine received a philosophical education in Constantinople. Michael, initially the senior administrator of the Slavic province of Byzantium, became a monk on Mount Ol…

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Theodorou, Evangelos, “Cyril and Methodius”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 13 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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