A Brief and Clear Account of the Division, Writing, Naming, and Pronunciation of the Letters, and the Rules for Enunciation, Prosody, and Syllabification, and for the Proper Reading of the Greek Language


Neofit Rilski was born around 1793 in the town of Bansko in southwestern Bulgaria. He became a monk at the Rila Monastery. After studying and teaching at Rila, Neofit joined forces with the founders of the Gabrovo School, Vasil Aprilov and Nikolai Palauzov, and began to teach there using the Lancasterian method, a system of pedagogy developed by the English Quaker Joseph Lancaster (1778–1838). Gabrovo was the first secular school in Bulgaria. This grammar of the Greek language was published in 1835, the same year as Neofit’s famous Bulgarian Grammar. At that time, Neofit was teaching at Gabrovo, and he intended this grammar to be used in Bulgarian schools. Although he was a prominent activist during the Bulgarian National Revival, Neofit strongly believed in Greek education for Bulgarian students; he also thought that educated Bulgarians should understand the Russian language and Russian literature. In the introduction to his Greek textbook, he argued for the study of both Greek and Russian. Neofit also compiled a Greek‒Slavic dictionary that was published as the second part of his chrestomathy (reader of selected pieces to help in learning a language) of the Slavic language. Neofit stayed in Gabrovo only a few years, but he continued to teach and to struggle for educational reform throughout his life. The author of many early textbooks, in 1840 he was also the first to translate the New Testament into modern Bulgarian. For decades he worked on a Bulgarian dictionary, but he managed to publish only a small part of it. He died in 1881. Today he is remembered as the "patriarch of Bulgarian writers and teachers."

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Royal Serbian Publishing House, Belgrade

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Краткое и іасное изложеніе за раздѣленїе то, начертанїе то, именованїе то, и произношенїе то на-писмена та, и правила за срицанїе то, просодїа та, и слогатъ и за право то чтенїе на греческіа іазыкъ

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i-viii, 9-36 pages ; 18 centimeters

Last updated: September 29, 2017