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Modern historians about Macedonia – N.G.L Hammond

  Quote: The strand in his[Alexander] personality which needs to be emphasised in his religious faith. Since childhood he had worshipped Heracles Patrous, the son of Zeus and a mortal woman and through his mother he was descended from Achilles, son of the goddess Thetis and a mortal Peleus. In his mother’s veins there was also the blood of a […]

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Modern historians about Macedonia – Richard Stoneman

  Quote: The world he [Alexander] left behind him, split as it quickly was between several successor-kings, retained the Greek language as its medium of communication and Greek culture as its frame of reference. “Alexander the Great” By Richard Stoneman, page 1 Quote: When, as a young, ambitious and romantic youth with a genius for military strategy and tactics, he […]

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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 […]

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Modern historians about Macedonia – Robin Lane Fox

  Robin Lane Fox – “Alexander the Great” “he was still in a world of Greek gods and sacrifices, of Greek plays and Greek language,though the natives might speak Greek with a northern accent which hardened ‘ch’ into ‘g’,’th’ into ‘d’ and pronounced King Philip as Bilip“. Page 30. “Philip’s mother had been a Lyncestian noblewoman” – “rebellious kings of […]

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Etymology of the 100 most famous ancient Macedonian names

    1. ALEXANDROS m Ancient Greek (ALEXANDER Latinized) Pronounced: al-eg-ZAN-dur From the Greek name Alexandros, which meant ‘defending men’ from Greek alexein ‘to defend, protect, help’ and aner ‘man’ (genitive andros). Alexander the Great, King of Macedon, is the most famous bearer of this name. In the 4th century BC he built a huge empire out of Greece, Egypt, […]

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Ancient writers about Macedonia – Curtius Rufus

  “They recalled that at the start of his reign Darius had issued orders for the shape of the scabbard of the Persian scimitar to be altered to the shape used by the Greeks, and that the Chaldeans had immediately interpreted this as meaning that rule over the Persians would pass to those people whose arms Darius had copied. “ […]

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Greek Ancestry of Alexander the Great

Greek Ancestry of Alexander the Great

    1. [Diodorus Siculus 17.1.5] “Alexander’s ancestry went back to Heracles on his father’s side, while through his mother he was related to the Aeacids.” 2. [Plutarch, Alexander 2.1-2] “As for Alexander’s family, it is firmly established that he was descended from Heracles through Caranus on his father’s side and from Aeacus through Neoptolemus on his mother’s. The story […]

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Ancient writers about Macedonia – Diodorus Siculus

  “Such was the end of Philip … He had ruled 24 years. He is known to fame as one who with but the slenderest resources to support his claim to a throne won for himself the greatest empire among the Hellenes, while the growth of his position was not due so much to his prowess in arms as to […]

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Ancient writers about Macedonia – Titus Livius

  “Aetolians, Acarnanians, Macedonians, men of the same language” (T. Livius XXXI,29, 15) “General Paulus of Rome surrounded by the ten Commissioners took his official seat surrounded by the whole crowds of Macedonians…Paulus announced in Latin the decisions of the Senate, as well as his own, made by the advice of his council. This announcement was translated into Greek and […]

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Ancient writers about Macedonia – Velleius Paterculus

  “”In this period, sixty-five years before the founding of Rome, Carthage was established by the Tyrian Elissa, by some authors called Dido. About this time also Caranus, a man of royal race, eleventh in descent from Hercules, set out from Argos and seized the kingship of Macedonia. From him Alexander the Great was descended in the seventeenth generation, and […]

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