„Philip, this man not only that he is not Greek, but he has nothing in common with the Greeks, also. If only he was a barbarian from a decent country – but he is not even that. He is some scabby creature from Macedonia – the country from which you cannot even bring a slave who is worth something.” The excerpt, “Philip, this man not only that he is not Greek, but he has nothing in common with the Greeks, also”, has been intentionally stressed to demonstrate to the signatories that their letter contradicts the writings of the greatest ancient Greek orator Demosthenes and, in so doing; it underscores their role as antiMacedonian propagandists. The lesson here is that no less a figure than Demosthenes fervently asserted that Philip II of Macedon was not Greek, that he had nothing in common with the Greeks, and finally that the king of Macedonia was a mere “barbarian”. One may well ask what the term “barbarian” connotes when Demosthenes uses it in reference to Phillip. Many of today‟s scholars believe that the word “barbarian” in ancient times was used mainly to refer to people who spoke a language which could not be understood by Greeks, thus carrying the strong connotation of people who babble. Virtually, any nation that did not speak Greek was referred to as “barbarian” by the Greeks, while the Greek city-states referred to each other as “xenoi”. In the words of the ancient Greek authors the term “barbarian” was defined by the Athenian playwright Aristophanes (448 - 385 BCE). In his play “Birds” (written in 414 BCE) Aristophanes wrote: “I have stayed for a long time with them and taught them to speak, although before that they were barbarians.” Here, we can see clearly that, for the ancient Greeks, the term “barbarians” meant “people who did not speak Greek”, or more basically, it meant those who were not Greek. There are many instances in which ancient Greek writers use the term “barbarian” to refer to representatives from many Asian, African as well as European nations. For example, if the
Published on Mar 5, 2013
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