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non-Greek origin of the ancient Macedonians. Naturally, as a Greek, he spoke Greek during his stay in Macedonia. There is no evidence that these conversations were facilitated by interpreters, but it is disingenuous for the signatories to argue that, simply because leading Macedonians spoke Greek - the language of their neighbors - that those Macedonians were in fact “Greeks”. On the language of the ancient Macedonians We will now turn our attention to the signatories‟ assessment of the language of the ancient Macedonians: "Another northern Greek, Aristotle, went off to study for nearly 20 years in the Academy of Plato. Aristotle subsequently returned to Macedonia and became the tutor of Alexander III. They used Greek in their classroom which can still be seen near Naoussa in Macedonia." With regard to the use of language, we also read the following: "Alexander carried with him throughout his conquests Aristotle‟s edition of Homer‟s Iliad. Alexander also spread Greek language and culture throughout his empire, founding cities and establishing centers of learning. Hence, inscriptions concerning such typical Greek institutions as the gymnasium are found as far away as Afghanistan. They are all written in Greek. The questions follow: Why was Greek the lingua franca all over Alexander‟s empire if he was a 'Macedonian'? Why was the New Testament, for example, written in Greek?" Aristotle was born in Stagira (a Greek colony, mainly inhabited by Greeks, on the Macedonian coast, which was destroyed by Philip II during his anti-Greek campaign, when he drove all Greek colonists from Macedonia‟s Aegean shores). There is no evidence on the ethnic origin of his parents. However, we do know that his father, Nicomachus, was Philip II‟s personal doctor. We can assume that he was Macedonian. Generally, those closest to the

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