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[ Macedonia by Nicolas  Martis]

Addressed to the international academic community

The Greek identity of the Ancient Macedonians and their name is attested, among other sources, by:

  1. the Hebrew sources (the Bible, the book of Maccabees, the Talmud as well as the Jewish writers Josephus, Philo Judaeus and others (doc. 6, p. 44-45).
  2. the New Testament:
  3. works by various classical authors, including
  4. the fact that the Macedonians took part in the Amphictyonies and the Olympic Games
    "They say that these were the clans collected by Amphiktyon himself in the Greek assembly... `The Macedonians managed to join and the entire Phocian race... In my day there were thirty members: six each from Nikopolis, Macedonia, and Thessaly...". Pausanias, Phokis VIII 2&4 (Loeb, W. Jones)

    "But Alexander proving himself to be an Argive, he was judged to be a Greek; so he contended in the furlong race and ran a dead heat for the first place". Herodotus V, 22, 2 (Loeb, A. D. Godley)

    "Belistiche, a woman from the coast of Macedonia, won with the pair of foals.. at the hundred and twenty-ninth Olympics". Pausanias, Eleia VIII, 11 (Loeb, W. Jones - H. A. Ormerod);

  5. the archaeological sites of Dion, Vergina, Pella, Beroea, Amphipolis, etc., which have yielded 70,000 finds and thousands of Greek inscriptions from Macedonia and the East (See the Kuwait inscriptions in Document No 7)
  6. the four ancient theaters in Macedonia (at Dion, Vergina, Philippi, and Thassos). It is a well-known fact that only the ancient Greeks had theaters. The theater of Dion hosted the first performance (before an audience of Greek-speaking Macedonians, of course) of Euripides world-famous tragedy Bacchae, which he wrote at Pella of Macedonia. Euripides died and was buried in Macedonia
    "Euripides himself went t' King Aschelausaus and lies buried in Macedonia" Pausanias, Attica II, 2 (Loeb, W. Jones);
  7. as shown on a map published in the December 1 949 issue of the National Geographic Magazine, the Romans, who conquered Macedonia, considered it a Greek province. Indeed, in Roman times coins minted in Macedonia depicted ancient Macedonian symbols with Greek inscriptions. (See Document No 8)
  8. A study by the German writer Sigrid Dull, concerning the gods that were worshipped during Roman times in ancient Macedonia which was occupied by the Serbs and the Bulgarians in 1913, reveals that the gods that were worshipped were gods of Olympus. The German author writes further that all the inscriptions are Greek and that seldom does one encounter idioms that are not encountered in the rest are no inscriptions in any other language except in Greek and Latin in ancient Macedonia which was occupied in 1913 by Serbia and Bulgaria.

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