Category: Ancient Macedonian History

Macedonians in Olympic games

Macedonians in Olympic games

 (Herodotus 5.22)   XXII. Now that these descendants of Perdiccas are Greeks, AS THEY THEMSELVES SAY, I MYSELF CHANCE TO KNOW AND WILL PROVE IT in the later part of my history. Furthermore, the Hellenodicae who manage the contest at Olympia determined that it is so, [2] for when Alexander chose to contend and entered the lists for that purpose, […]

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Plutarch on Alexander bringing Greek civilization to Asia

Plutarch on Alexander bringing Greek civilization to Asia

But if you consider the effects of Alexander’s instruction, you will see that he educated the Hyrcanians to contract marriages, taught the Arachosians to till the soil, and persuaded rhe Sogdians to support their parents, not to kill them, and the Persians to respect their mothers, not to marry them. Most admirable philosophy which induced the Indians to worship Greek […]

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List of notable non-Macedonian Greeks in Alexanders campaign

List of notable non-Macedonian Greeks in Alexanders campaign

Lysimachos: One of the Diadochi. According to Porphyri of Tyre, Lysimachos had Thessalian origins since his father Agathocles was a native of the Thessalian city Crannon who later moved with his family in the court of Philip II in Pella. Arrybas: A Somatophylax of Philip and later Alexander. Originally a Molossian (Ar. 3.5.5) Neoptolemos: the Archypaspist. Another Molossian, member of […]

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The Destruction of Thebes

The Destruction of Thebes

  The destruction of Thebes, taken place in 335 BC, has been identified by many as a sign of Alexander’s ruthlessness. However according to ancient sources, responsible for the destruction of the city, were the Greek allies of Alexander.  “ Alexander TURNED OVER the decision of what was to be done with Thebes to the ALLIES who participated in the […]

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Bible calls Alexander the Great, King of Greece

Bible calls Alexander the Great, King of Greece

  Daniel 8 Daniel’s Vision of a Ram and a Goat   1 In the third year of King Belshazzar’s reign, I, Daniel, had a vision, after the one that had already appeared to me. 2 In my vision I saw myself in the citadel of Susa in the province of Elam; in the vision I was beside the Ulai […]

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Alexander I of Macedon in Olympics

Quote: XXII. Now that these descendants of Perdiccas are Greeks, AS THEY THEMSELVES SAY, I MYSELF CHANCE TO KNOW AND WILL PROVE IT in the later part of my history. Furthermore, the Hellenodicae who manage the contest at Olympia determined that it is so, [2] for when Alexander chose to contend and entered the lists for that purpose, the Greeks […]

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The ‘Hellenization’ argument contradiction about ancient macedonians

 Whenever the issue of ancient Macedonian greekness arises,we notice the same contradiction over and over. Until now as we are all aware, the archaeological inscriptions found – specifically the Pella’s curse tablet of 4th cent. BC which is the oldest ancient ‘Macedonian’ text we have – are proving that Macedonians spoke a dialect related to North-West Greek. This is a conclusion which the entirety of the scientific […]

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Ancient writers about Macedonia – Diodorus Siculus

Ancient writers about Macedonia – Diodorus Siculus

[1] The members of the Council then passed a decree admitting Philip and his descendants to the Amphictyonic Council and according him two votes which formerly had been held by the Phocians, now defeated in war. [Diodoros of Sicily 16.60.1] [2] that all the cities of the Phocians were to be razed and the men moved to villages, no one of […]

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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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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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