Category: Language

The misuse of the term Philhellene during Antiquity

Quote: ..Herodotus, the Father of History, relates how the Macedonian king Alexander I (498-454 BC), a Philhellene (that is “a friend of the Greeks” and logically a non-Greek),… It is currently wide-spread, mainly to modern Fyrom’s propaganda (see quote above), a misuse of the term Philhellene as having a meaning of non-Greek.  During antiquity, Philhellene certainly didnt mean ‘Non-Hellene’ but had the conotation […]

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Ancient Macedonian language recognized as Greek dialect

Ancient Macedonian language has been recognised as a Greek dialect. Specifically, the ISO XMK has the following specification: Language Name: Ancient Macedonian Alternate Name(s): Macedonian Once Spoken in: Greece F.Y.R.O.M Language Code: xmk (Former code: XMK ) Status: Extinct Family: Indo-European Subgroup: Macedonian Subgrouping Code: Indoeuropean Greek Branch Brief Description: The ancient language of the Macedonian kingdom in N. Greece […]

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Modern Linguists about Macedonia – Sylvain Auroux

“Before the times of the national unity installed by the Macedonians around the middle of the 4th century BC, Greece was composed of many regions or city states[…] That they [Dorians] were related to the North-West Dialects (of Phocis, Locris, Aetolia, Acarnania and Epirus) was not perceived clearly by the ancients. ” Sylvain Auroux, French linguist, “History of the Language […]

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Modern Linguists about Macedonia – F. Munzer

The problem of the nationality of the Macedonians has been studied a great deal. Otto Hoffman with linguistics as his starting point solved it correctly and decisively when he accepted that the Macedonians were Greeks. F. Munzer, German linguist, “Die Politische Vernichtung des Griechentums”, Leipzig 1925, p. 4

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100 Most Famous Ancient Macedonian Names

100 Most Famous Ancient Macedonian Names

Inscribed base of a statue of Thessaloniki Inscribed base of a statue of Thessaloniki, of the 2nd c. B.C., found in the area of the ancient Agora and part of a group of statues of the family of Alexander the Great.       KINGS OF MACEDON AND DIADOCHI   1. ALEXANDROS m Ancient Greek (ALEXANDER Latinized) Pronounced: al-eg-ZAN-dur From […]

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Modern linguists about Ancient Macedonian language

Before the times of the national unity installed by the Macedonians around the middle of the 4th century BC, Greece was composed of many regions or city states[…] That they [Dorians] were related to the North-West Dialects (of Phocis, Locris, Aetolia, Acarnania and Epirus) was not perceived clearly by the ancients. Sylvain Auroux, French linguist, “History of the Language Sciences: […]

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Ancient Macedonian Language Part V

4)RELATIONS BETWEEN THE MACEDONIAN AND OTHER GREEK TRIBES We have alreadymet various indications of the relations between the Macedonians and other Greek tribes. These relations demonstrate that the Macedonians were a Greek tribe from as early as the Bronze Age. The Macedonians were bound to the Dorians and the MAgnesians by very close ties of kinship. Their ties with the […]

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Ancient Macedonian Language Part IV

5) That the group ay was converted to a is a conjecture based on a very small number of names and words. Since there are also reliable indications that the group was also preserved we may reasonably assume that this is another case in which we have to deal with two different kinds of development: that one of these(the preservation […]

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Ancient Macedonian Language Part III

3) NAMES. In addition to the Macedonian ethnic name, we today know the ethnic names of some of the Macedonian tribes, scores of place names in Macedonia and dozens of names of gods and heroes, the names of six festivals and twelve months and hundred of personal names covering thousand men and women. The ethnic names of ELIMIOTAI, LYNKESTAI and […]

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Ancient Macedonian Language Part II

Taken from: Macedonia: 4000 years of Greek history and civilization” edited by Professor M. B. Sakellariou and published by EKDOTIKI ATHINON. When i need to write something in Greek I use the following convention: g for gamma h for eta j for ksi y for upsilon c for psi v for omega thus the greek alphabet becomes abgdezhuiklmnjoprstyfxcv. Various pointers […]

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