Scientific Library at Altai State University informed schoolchildren about the history of the creation of Slavic writing

21 May 2021 Department of Information and Media Communications
On May 20, in the reading hall of the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library at Altai State University hosted a historical and cultural event "First Az and Buki, then Science", timed to coincide with the celebration of the "Day of Slavic Written Language and Culture", which is celebrated on May 24.

Schoolchildren of the 8th grade of Gymnasium No. 69 became guests of the scientific library of the flagship University of Altai Krai. During the event, the children learned many amazing facts about the history of the creation of Slavic writing, Saints Cyril and Methodius, the creation of handwritten books and the beginning of the development of book printing in Russia.

The staff of the scientific library not only told the students about the rare books stored in the reading hall of "Book Monuments", but allowed them to look through some of them, observing the rules for working with such publications, because the oldest book is more than 380 years old.

The scientific library contains such valuable publications as "The Psalter of Following" (1639), the collection of church and secular laws "Book of the Pilot” (Catherine's edition of 1787), the handwritten Old Believer book "The Serviceman" (late 18th early 19th century) and many others.

To consolidate new knowledge and remember forgotten old ones, the guys took part in the quiz, after which they received both small and quite serious prizes.

The Day of Slavic Writing and Culture is annually celebrated on May 24 in all Slavic countries. The holiday is timed to the commemoration day of the Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Brothers Methodius and Cyril. As you know, the brothers Cyril and Methodius came from a noble and pious family and lived in the Greek city of Soluni. They were Orthodox monks and created the Slavic alphabet in a Greek monastery. On May 24, the Church commemorates the Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Brothers Methodius and Cyril.

Scientists believe that Slavic writing was created in the 9th century, around 863. The new alphabet was named "Cyrillic" after one of the brothers, Constantine, who, having taken monasticism, became Cyril. And his elder brother Methodius helped him in the charitable work of educating the Slavic peoples.

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