"Leaving Doberus, the Thracian army first invaded the country which formerly had been the principality of Philip, and took Eidomenè by storm." (Thucydides, Book II). Thucydides (II, 100) also mentions the conquest of the ancient Macedonian cities of Gordinia and Atalanta, also located on the territory of the Republic of Macedonia. Another city located on the territory of the Republic of Macedonia is the ancient Macedonian city of Dostonei. Further evidence of the existence of an ancient Macedonian civilization is clear from the presence of numerous defensive fortresses that ancient Macedonians built to protect themselves from outside attacks. The most famous of these is located outside the city of Demir Kapiya. There are others elsewhere in the Republic of Macedonia. Thousands of ancient Macedonian coins and other objects such as jewelry, weapons, household artifacts and tombs have been unearthed in the Republic of Macedonia and are on display both in Macedonia and in other countries. Numerous artifacts from Macedonia‟s ancient past testify to the fact that a vibrant, ancient and distinctively Macedonian civilization thrived on the territory of the Republic of Macedonia. Some data on this topic can be found in "Ancient Kingdom of Macedonia in the Republic of Macedonia" by Prof. Dr. Viktor Lilcik (The Journal for Archeology, History, History of Art and Ethnology, Year VIII, No. 23, Skopje, 2004, Republic of Macedonia; ISSN 1409/5742). The territory of Paionia, which the signatories stoutly maintain is the historical territory of today's Republic of Macedonia, also changed its boundaries constantly throughout its history. A large part of Paionia was located on what is today, the part of Macedonia that is under Greek authority. Note for example that during the Troyan War, Paionia stretched along the central part of, what is today, the Aegean portion of "Greek" Macedonia. Around the sixth century BCE, Paionia occupied an even larger expanse of Greece‟s Aegean Macedonia and also included the area around
Published on Mar 5, 2013
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