Some of the works of Methodius of Olympus (d. 311 AD) no longer exist in Greek. But an unpublished Old Slavonic version of a few does exist. Recently a couple of manuscripts of this appeared online on a Russian site; and a little while ago I commissioned a translation of “On life and rational activity”.
Last night I received the translation and it seems fine. I have sent off a cheque for it today – unusually, in these days of instant funds transfer – but of course I shan’t put it online until the money has reached the translator, and it becomes mine and, therefore, public domain as usual.
The sermon – for such it is – is well adapted to these present days of uncertainty. The actual Slavonic is rather corrupt, and somewhat awkward at points, but the work is still comprehensible. The translator has stated as his opinion that the corruption is probably older than all the exemplars.
This evening I shall look at the other sermons by Methodius, and do some calculations of word counts, and see if perhaps we can get some more of these translated too.
I wonder if there is an index or clavis of Old Slavonic literature, like that for Greek in the Clavis Patrum Graecorum? I always like to reference such indices if they exist.