Cyril and Methodius

Cyril and Methodius, the Byzantine brothers from Thessaloniki, the Apostles to the Slavs, are the major symbols of Byzantine and Christian cultural influence into the Slavic hinterland of the Balkans and beyond. They and their disciples bridged two different worlds and contributed to the making of an extensive Christian border culture between the Medieval Greek and the ancient Slavic traditions.

Icon of Cyril and Methodius




A German University Professor comments on

the language of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Munich, 28/02/1999

(from the Macedonian News Agency)


An interesting letter written by Professor Peter Ryder from Munich on the subject of the so-called "Macedonian language" appeared on the "Letters to the Editor" page of the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung. Dr Ryder advances four arguments on the subject of the development of the so-called "Macedonian language".

If, however, these mediaeval clerics and writers and their spiritual centre of Ochrid have been impropriated by certain "Macedonians" (in the current sense), then that is simply an unfounded creation of myths in the service of the promotion of an ethnic identity.



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