Category: Ancient Macedonian History

Ancient writers about Macedonia – Diodorus Siculus

Ancient writers about Macedonia – Diodorus Siculus

[1] The members of the Council then passed a decree admitting Philip and his descendants to the Amphictyonic Council and according him two votes which formerly had been held by the Phocians, now defeated in war. [Diodoros of Sicily 16.60.1] [2] that all the cities of the Phocians were to be razed and the men moved to villages, no one of […]

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Sibylline Prophecies about Macedonians

The Sibylline Prophecies were a miscellaneous collection of Jewish and Christian portents of future disasters and were accumulated among Christians of Late Antiquity http://www.sacred-texts.com/cla/sib/sib05.htm {mospagebreak} {p. 64} And the race of the Lydians rich in gold. And then shall Hellenes, proud and impure, Then shall a Macedonian nation rule, 210 Great, shrewd, who as a fearful cloud of war Shall […]

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Mycenean population settles in Macedonia

One of the passages of Pausanias informs us that during the time of Alexander I of Macedon, an Argive attack forced the population of Mycenae to leave their city. Some departed for Cleonae but as Pausanias explicitly says More than half of the Mycenean population was resettled to Macedon since Alexander I provided them refuge. Even Borza accepts the Mycenean […]

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Ancient Macedonian testimonies about their Ethnicity

Ancient Macedonian testimonies about their Ethnicity

  In reality we have only scarce evidence on what ancient Macedonians believed for themselves. However i will try to collect the available literary and archaeological evidence that would shed some light on the beliefs of ancient Macedonians during Classical and Hellenistic Ages. The available evidence shows that Macedonians considered themselves to be Greek. Alexander I, king of Macedon 1. […]

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Is Alexander the Great Greek?

Is Alexander the Great Greek?

Alexander the Great Alexander III was born in 356 BC in Pella, capital at the time being of the Macedonian kingdom. He was son of the Macedonian king Philip II and Olympias, princess of Molossians in Epirus. The Macedonian Royal House The Macedonian royal house was called “Argeads” or “Temenidae“. According to the tradition, the founder of the royal house […]

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Persian general Mardonius says Macedonians were Greeks

Whereupon Mardonius took the word, and said: “Of a truth, my lord, thou dost surpass, not only all living Persians, but likewise those yet unborn. Most true and right is each word that thou hast now uttered; but best of all thy resolve not to let the Ionians who live in Europe- a worthless crew- mock us any more. It […]

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Participation of ancient Macedonians in Pan-Hellenic games

Quite characteristical for the greekness of ancient Macedonians is their participation on other pan-hellenic games except Olympics, namely Isthmia, Pythia, Amfiaraa and Lycaia. For example, its quite typical the case of Arhon (Άρχων), son of Kleinos. As it is proved from a inscription in Delphi, Arhon took part both in Isthmia and Pythia, where he won. Arhon was an officer […]

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The stele of Kytenians

According to Bousquet (1988: 14-16, lines 37.42) the stele says: Quote: Responding favourably to their request, we shall make ourselves agreeable not only to them, but also to the Aetolians and to all the other Dorians, and above all, to king Ptolemy, who is related to the Dorians through the Argead kings descending from Heracles; because King Ptolemy, who is […]

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Macedonians honoured by Oropus about 350 B.C

Macedonians honoured by Oropus : about 350 B.C A white marble stele, broken at top and bottom, found in the Amphiaraeum at Oropus. Ionic letter, ΘΟΩ smaller than the rest. All lines end with words. S.I.G 258 + Hoffman, G.D iii. 27 Quote: [Θεό]ς | [Δρί]μων έλεξε έδοξε| [τ]εί εκκλησίει, αγαθεί τύχει| [Α]μύνταν Περδίκκα Μακεδόνα |[πρ]όξενον είν Ωροπίων | [κ]αι […]

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The religion of ancient Macedonians

Ancient Macedonians worshipped the same gods as the rest of Hellenes. Despite of the claims of the pseudo-historians of FYROM that ancient Macedonians didnt shared the same gods as the other Hellenes, the evidences from ancient and modern writers are obvious. – According to Ulrich Wilcken: “yet if we take into account the political conditions, religion and morals of the […]

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