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Ancient writers about Macedonia – Polybius

Written by –    Thursday, 25 January 2007 “Let it, however, be granted that what I have now said may in the eyes of severe critics be regarded as beside the subject. I will now return to the main point at issue, as they state it. It was this: ‘If the circumstances are the same now as at the time […]

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Ancient writers about Macedonia – Isocrates

Isocrates, Speeches and Letters, “To Philip” [7]”and was convinced that they would be beneficial, not only to us, but also to YOU AND ALL THE OTHER Hellenes” [8]”unless the greatest states of Hellas should resolve to put an end to their mutual quarrels and carry the war beyond our borders into Asia and should determine to wrest from the barbarians […]

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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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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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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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References from Ancient Sources to the Panhellenic character of Alexander’s campaign

References from Ancient Sources to the Panhellenic character of Alexander’s campaign

  [1] Quote: It has been reported to me that it was the rhetorician Isocrates who was responsible for the servitude that the Macedonian imposed on the Persians. For the fame of the speech Panegyricus, which Isocrates delivered to the Greeks, spread to Macedonia, And it was this that first stirred Philip’s animosity towards Asia. When Philip died, the speech […]

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Modern historians about Macedonia – Hilding Thylander

Hilding Thylander – Den Grekiska världen p. 349 (Svenska humanistiska förbundet, 1985) Quote: It is possible that the earlier inhabitants of the Macedonian area spoke various languages like illyrian, thracian and paionian. However, the later inhabitants of upper and lower Macedonia spoke Greek of ‘Macedonian’ dialect, that was a bit different than Attic and closer to Aeolic. The inhabitants of […]

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