Cyril (827–869) and Methodius (826–885)
Published Online: 25 NOV 2011
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The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization
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Higgins, P. 2011. Cyril (827–869) and Methodius (826–885). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .
- Published Online: 25 NOV 2011
The Byzantine Greek saints Cyril and Methodius, “the apostles to the Slavs,” were brothers born in Thessalonica to a family of droungarios. In their youth, Cyril and Methodius learned the dialect of the Slavs around Thessalonica, and could speak the language fluently. Their father, a military officer, died when Cyril was 14 and they were thereafter raised by their uncle, a Byzantine official named Theoktistos. Both brothers entered the priesthood at a relatively young age. Cyril studied in Constantinople and read widely; he was especially proficient in linguistics, and studied under Photius, who would later be named patriarch of Constantinople.
- cyril (827–869) and methodius (826–885);
- byzantine Greek saints cyril, methodius, “the apostles to the Slavs”;
- family of droungarios;
- evangelizing to people, the slavs;
- evangelizing under the aegis, the Holy Roman Empire;
- cyril and methodius, venerated in eastern, western churches