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Every serious researcher is aware of the origin of Cyril and Methodius

16 December 2013 / 13:12:01  GRReporter
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Polina Spartyanova
    Associate Professor Dr. Vasya Velinova is Director of the Slavo-Byzantine Research Centre "Ivan Dujčev" at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" and teacher of Old Bulgarian literature. She is the author of four monographs, the latest of which is dedicated to the translation of the Chronicle of Constantine Manasses from the Creation of the World to the reign of Constantine the Great into Bulgarian and to three lists of Slavic manuscripts (co-authored with Professor Xenia Dzhurova and Professor Boryana Hristova). She is currently working on a scientific project related to the translation of Historic Palea. We talked with her about the anniversary of the Slavic alphabet and the Great Moravia Mission of Cyril and Methodius.
    This year the Great Moravia Mission of Cyril and Methodius celebrates its 1150th anniversary.  How will the Slavo-Byzantine Research Centre "Ivan Dujčev" at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" celebrate it?

    The Slavo-Byzantine Research Centre "Ivan Dujčev" has arranged an exhibition called "The Light of the Letters". It presents the role played by the First Bulgarian Empire in rescuing the Slavic alphabet after the expulsion of Cyril and Methodius’ students from Great Moravia and offers to those who are interested in cultural history specimens of the most precious and ornate Bulgarian medieval manuscripts from the period between the 10th and the 18th centuries. The exhibition has been prepared in cooperation with the National Cultural Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and presented in all European capitals and many university centres. It was opened on 28 November in Thessaloniki, the hometown of St. Cyril and Methodius, in the Museum of Byzantine Art and it attracted the interest of the cultural community there. Furthermore, the scientists from The Slavo-Byzantine Research Centre "Ivan Dujčev" participated in several international symposia in Bulgaria and abroad, which were devoted to the anniversary.

Tags: Cyril and MethodiusSlavic apostlesGreat Moravia missionVanya VelinovaSlavo-Byzantine Research CentreGlagolitic alphabetCyrillic alphabet
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