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PostSubject: Macedonians were not Greeks !   Sun May 15, 2011 6:19 pm

Ive been reading a few different sources that reveal the Macedonians were not greeks like we may have thought. That nuts, read this and cross reference.

Why Alexander was not greek

the signatories’ position that Alexander the Great was Greek is effectively discredited with his own words or, more precisely, those of his official biographer, Arrian. Arrian has recorded the speech that Alexander the Great delivered to his officers, when his army balked at continuing the fighting during the final battles in India. Arrian points out that initially, his men were reticent to tell him of their unwillingness to continue, but that Alexander, perceiving that there was a problem, called his officers to a meeting and addressed them with the following words:

“O Macedonians and Grecian allies... I have collected you together into the same spot, so that I may either persuade you to march forward with me, or may be persuaded by you to return.”

In the the same speech, Alexander added:

"But, O Macedonians and Grecian allies stand firm! But what great or glorious deed could we have performed, if, sitting at ease in Macedonia, we had thought it sufficient to preserve our own country without any labour, simply repelling the attacks of the nations on our frontiers, the Thracians, Illyrians, and Triballians, or even those Greeks who were unfriendly to our interests? (Arrian, Anabasis, Chap. XXV).

Alexander’s speech clearly distinguishes between the Macedonians and the Greeks as two separate nations

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PostSubject: Re: Macedonians were not Greeks !   Sun May 15, 2011 10:29 pm

You're right about the Macedonians not being Greek. They are from the lands North of Greece that the Greeks viewed as Barbaric. While the Macedonians did have their own language they often times spoke in Greek because it was commonly known throughout the world.

The only time Alexander would refer to himself as "Greek" would be when he was trying to inspire Greek city states to send more troops or inspire their leaders to support him by trying to paint himself as one of them. The Macedonians themselves did not view themselves as Greek and in a historical context had more in common with their Thracian counterparts to the North.
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PostSubject: Re: Macedonians were not Greeks !   Sun May 15, 2011 11:17 pm

*cheers* hey Alex, thanks for youre input.

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