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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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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 | […]

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