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Argos in Macedonia, where the citizens spoke Macedonian, because it was their mother tongue. It is unremarkable that some may have spoken Greek as a second language, since it was the language of their neighbors. We do not find citizens living in the border areas of neighboring countries speaking each others‟ languages unusual today and there is no reason to find it unusual then. In the same way that Macedonians spoke Greek, we find that some Greeks from the bordering areas accepted certain features from the Macedonian language into their language. (Athenaos in Deipnosophists III and Plato in Cratylus mention this process). Statements that classify the Macedonian kings as “Greeks,” because some placed images of Heracles on their coins do not merit serious consideration. Heracles was a mythological figure and many Balkan nations worshiped him both then and later. The appearance of his image on Macedonian coins was more likely for religious and cultural reasons and not because of any ethnic affinity. A similar argument can be made regarding the worship today of Buddha, who was born an Indian. The worship of Buddha does not mean that all Buddhists should be considered “ethnic Indians”. Indeed, Macedonia is not alone in placing Heracles‟ likeness on its coins; other nations have done the same. For example, in the Roman Empire there are coins that bear Heracles‟ image. Some are: ASI, coined in the Ethrurian city of Populonia (third century BC); the coins of Maximinius II, from Caracala; or those of Marcelinius and other Roman emperors. By the signatories‟ logic, one might very well ask whether the Romans were also Greek, since they also emblazoned their coins with the image of the “Greek hero,” Heracles? Similarly, coins with the head of Heracles can also be found in Thrace. Again, the question arises, were the Thracians also “Greek”? Coins with Heracles‟ image were also made in Syria. Even Napoleon I, in honor of the First Consulate (1799 - 1804) commissioned coins with Heracles‟ image. In 1970 a

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