Antique words of wisdom:

Quoting our Nation
Antique words of wisdom:
Origin of Macedonians
Regions of Ancient Macedonia    Pre
The Olympics
The Name Issue
Macedonia Isue
Review of the Macedonian Conflict
- According to Hesiod, who lived between 8th and 7th century B.C. Macedon, (the first Macedonian) and Magnes (the first Thessalian) were the offspring of Zeus and Pandora and resided on Mounts Pieria and Olympus respectively: (...and she conceived and bore to Zeus who delights in the thunderbolt two sons, Magnes and Macedon, rejoicing in horses, who dwell round about Pieria and Olympus~. Hesiod, Catalogues of Women and Eoiae 3 (Loeb. HG. Fvelyn-White).


- The "father of history" Herodotus (484-425 B.C.) mentions Perdiccas as the founder of the Macedonian dynasty and specifies: «Now that these descendants of Perdiccas are Greeks, as they themselves say, "I' my-self chance to know",  Herodotus V, 22, (Loeb, A.P. Godley).

Documenting the Greekness of the Macedonians, Herodotus points out that they shared with the rest of the Greeks the same languages, the same temples, the same mores. He points out: (... the kinship of all Greeks in blood and speech all the shrines of Gods and the sacrifices that we have in common and the likeness of our way of life). Herodotus, History VIII, 144, 2 (Loeb A.D. Godley).


Thucydides (born between 470-460 and died between 400-395 B.C.) himself, known as the most meticulous historian of antiquity mentions by name: «The country by the sea which is now called Macedonia>> and refers to the Macedonian dynasty as follows: <<Alexander, the father of Perdicas, and his forefathers, who were originally Temenidae from Argos>>.   Thucydides II, 99, 3 (Loeb, C.F. Smith).


Acknowledging the debt of all Greeks to the Macedonians, the ancient historian Polyhius (205-122 BC) had this to say: «How highly should we honour the Macedonians, who for the greater part of their lives never cease from fighting with the barbarians for the sake of the security of Greece? For who is not aware that Greece would have constantly  stood in the greater danger, had we not been fenced by the Macedonians ( << ει μη Μακεδόνας έχομεν πρόφραγμα>> and the honorable ambition of their kings?». Polybius (<The Histories> IX, 35, 2 (Loeb W.R. Paton).