After staying for approximately three years in Great Morabia, the two brothers selected a number of students to be ordained and begun constructing some sort of church center for the ordination. Due to the invention of the Slavic alphabet and the translation of the church’s writings they came across the bitter hostility of the local clergy inVenice and were summoned to Rome by the Pope Nicholas I, by whom their work was acknowledged and legitimized. But Cyril fell seriously ill and died in 869, by the age of 42. Methodius went on with the missionary work and during his next journey to Rome he was ordained as a bishop based in Sirmio (Sremska Mitrovica). His problems with the Latins went on; Methodius was led to exile, where he decided to travel to Constantinople instead of Rome and subsequently to Morabia, where he focused on his writing and preaching work. With the assistance of his associates, he translated the whole of the Holy Bible (apart from the Makkabian Books) and other church writings. He also translated law, thus establishing the foundations.
The youngest one, was born in 826-827, while Methodius in 815. Their high education and prominent descent brought them close to the emperor and opened the path for a great career. Methodius attended the education reserved for those who aimed positions in the higher administrative hierarchy of Byzantium and was put in charge of the Slavic theme, where he became familiar with the Slavic language. After serving for a few years he quitted and retreated to a monastery in Olympus, Bithynia. Cyril displayed a unique tendency in learning from the early beginning. At the age of 14 he knew by heart the writings of Gregorius the Theologian.
He studied, among other subjects, mathematics and Home Exploring the city Themed routes In the footsteps of Cyril and Methodius Early Life of Cyril and Methodius and showed a remarkable skill in learning foreign languages. Due to these skills, he was known as “the Philosopher” and was given the opportunity to become a high ranking empire. Theoktistos was deeply disappointed by Cyril’s denial to wed his adopted daughter, but due to the fact that he didn’t want to alienate him, he oered him the position of the Patriarch’s Bookkeeper at the temple of Agia Sofia in Constantinople. He was ordained as a deacon probably in 850, while the following year he was accepted as a professor of philosophy at the University of Constantinople.
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