Nationalists from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M) and her diaspora constantly allege that only Greek historians and institutions subscribe to the notion that the ancient Macedonians, including the Hellenistic successors of Alexander, belonged to the sphere of the ancient Greek world. The nationalists from F.Y.R.O.M claim that the notion that the ancient Macedonians were a Greek tribe is an assertion largely motivated by propaganda efforts of the Greek state. According to nationalists from F.Y.R.O.M and her diaspora the ancient Macedonians were a proto-Slavic tribe who spoke a proto-Slavic language and are the ancestors of the Slavic population of F.Y.R.O.M. No credible and objective historian in the world supports this far fetched claim.
A quick survey of international museums, and their descriptions of ancient Macedonia and ancient Macedonian artificats, shows that many of the most reputable and respected international institutions regard the ancient Macedonians as an ancient Greek tribe.
I leave it to the reader to decide who to believe: a group of radical nationalists from F.Y.R.O.M and her diaspora who claim that Alexander the Great was a proto-Slavic speaker (even though there is not one shred of evidence to support this) who belonged to a tribe that are alleged ancestors of the Slavs of F.Y.R.O.M (a population that was almost universally regarded as Bulgarian up to 120 years ago) or the most reputable museums in the world.
[Credit goes to Georox for compiling this information]
1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York.
2. The British Museum. London.
4. The Getty. Los Angeles.
5. The Hermitage. St. Petersburg Russia
6. The Fitzwilliam Museum. Cambridge
7. The Philadelphia Museum of Art.
By Chris Philipou
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