CYRIL AND METHODIUS AMONG BYZANTINE MISSIONARIES: COMMON FEATURES AND UNIQUE QUALITY
When speaking of Cyril and Methodius’s embassy, one must acknowledge its completely unique place in Byzantine history. Constantine firmly believed that all peoples were worthy of baptism; however, this does not mean that the concept of a “barbarian” had no relevance for him. The work of Methodius and his disciples in Moravia can be evaluated using the “Law for Judging the People”. This was especially the case regarding the rules for marriage, and became one of the reasons for the ultimate failure of Cyril and Methodius’ entire endeavour. Half a century later, while converting the Alans, the Byzantines used this experience. The Greeks had apparently learned a great deal from their “Latin” rivals in Bulgaria and Moravia.