And then the Oliver Stone movie came out and depicted Alexander having a fondness for one of his generals (besides his wife). All of a sudden Macedonian nationalists declared Alexander must have been Albanian all along....
All those things happened long before contemporary nation states, nationalism, a lot of migrations, religions, etc.
Still nationalists try to put very selected parts of historical figures on pedestals. It's almost a religion on it's own, with deities or saints.
Only a very small percentage of the ancient Macedonia belongs to the now called FYROM. FYROM doesn't sit "squarely in", only this small part. While the Greek part contains also the tomb of the Phillipp II, the capital of ancient Macedonia, the birthplace of Alexander and Phillip etc.
Here are two more before Philip and after Philip
I preemptively accept your apology.
The use of Macedonia from you also suggest bias in my opinion too, but I won't start answering you with this.
Dwight: when you're talking about a kingdom that existed in ancient history and pursued an expansionist military policy for decades you're going to come up with different maps. The point is, in ALL of these maps, the borders of the ancient kingdom of Macedonia include AT LEAST a large chunk of the modern nation-state the Republic of Macedonia, if they don't include the country's territory in its entirety. Your argument is incredibly weak. If Syria wanted to call itself Macedonia, you know what? Nobody should care. Let them. Countries have the right to name themselves whatever they want.
back to school you have to go
F.Y.R.O.M. (Former Yugoslav Republic Of Macedonia) is an entirely different place that has absolutely nothing to do with Greece, and they choose to use "Macedonia" as their name, simply to cause confusion.
And, during the Yugoslavian wars(1991-1995), Yugoslavia split into 5 countries:
Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia, and Serbia and Montenegro(Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia).
I'm Welsh, and I didn't get that one.
A two 'l' llama, he's a beast.
A three 'l' lllama is a big fire.
With apologies to Ogden Nash
Did you read the description?
"That's just where he lives."
I add my two pence worth to get it going again.
It is ironic all the debate about Macedonia and the Greeks passionately claiming it and Alexander when the Ancient Greeks definitely didn't consider Macedonia part of Greece and described its people (Philip and Alexander included) as barbarians.
Right up until they were conquered by the 'barbarians' who suddenly became Greek
According to Wikipedia: 'The Byzantine Empire, also referred to as the Eastern Roman Empire, or Byzantium, was the continuation of the Roman Empire in its eastern provinces..'.
Byzantium refers not just to the city but the empire as a whole.