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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 repeated […]

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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 could […]

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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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Ancient Macedonian language – Hoffmann

Some years back, a German linguist by the name Otto Hoffmann wrote a book with the title “Makedonians, their language and their Ethnicity“. Hoffman analyzed the paradoxical or idiomatic words (calling them languages),which past grammaticals, lexicographers and more in general everyone engaged around the Hellenic language had noted them as “worthy to be analyzed” in Makedonia. To begin with, all […]

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Ancient Macedonian language – Hoffman

Some years back,a German linguist by the name Otto Hoffman wrote a book with the title “Makedonians, their language and their Ethnicity“. Hoffman analyzed the paradoxical or idiomatic words (calling them languages),which past grammaticals, lexicographers and more in general everyone engaged around the Hellenic language had noted them as “worthy to be analyzed” in Makedonia. To begin with, all those […]

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Ancient Macedonian Names

KINGS OF MACEDON 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 – Dionysius of Halicarnassus

The Battle of Asculum (279 BC), between the Greeks forces of Pyrrhus of Epirus and the Romans under publius Decius Mus, from Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Roman Antiquities, p387, Excerpts from Book XX “Having agreed through heralds upon the time when they would join in battle, they descended from their camps and took up their positions as follows: King Pyrrhus gave […]

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