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The great counterfeiting of history: Myth of a “Macedonian” nation

Viewpoint: More than ever before, it is the duty of Hellenes worldwide to refute the lies and falsehoods upon which the “Macedonian” nation is based

Thessaloniki rally against any compromise on the use of the name "Macedonia," January 21, 2018 (Antonis Nicolopoulos/Eurokinissi via REUTERS)

Myth of a “Macedonian” nation

Most of humanity is generally unaware of the fact that the so-called “Macedonian” nation has been a reinterpretation of Balkan history, counterfeiting of historical myths, and artificial nationality and language by the “Sclavineaes.”

Further, most are unaware that the Macedonians were part of the ancient Greek world. This is proven by the archaeological findings in the region, in conjunction with linguistic analysis and the discovery of large numbers of Greek inscriptions with a vast range of Greek names. These discoveries prove that was never any cultural, language or history break in the unity of the Macedonians with the rest of Greeks. Indeed, the dissemination of the Greek language and Greek culture throughout the known world by Alexander the Great provides the most irrefutable confirmation of this. The unity of Macedonians and the rest of the Greeks is proved once more with the findings brought to light at the major archaeological sites of Vergina, Pella, Sindos and Dion, and also in Thessaloniki, Florina, Chalkidiki, Edessa, and many other areas.

Humanity is also generally unaware of the historical evidence and the archaeological findings which point to the existence of Greek-speaking inhabitants of the North Pindus mountains in the period 2200-2100 B.C. The Greek antiquities dating back to the 4th century B.C., especially the ivory portrait of Philip and Alexander from the Vergina tomb demonstrate the artistry achieved in Macedonia at the time of Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic era.

Macedonia, even under Roman domination, continued to be a Greek land under the successors of Alexander the Great and for some two centuries was the core of larger state units ruled by Macedonian kings.

Until the Byzantine period, the Greek population of Macedonia remained unchanged. This remained the case until the 7th century A.D., when various Slavic races, the Drogovites, Strumonites, Sagoudates, and others, began to settle in the Macedonia region. With the permission of the Byzantine authorities, these tribes formed the small Slavic enclaves known as “Sclavineae.”

In the 14th century, the Serbian empire of Stefan Dusan spread into Macedonia. However, this short-lived empire had no effective impact on the ethnological nature of Macedonia. It is important to mention here that even under Ottoman rule in Macedonia, there was not any regional part named “Macedonia”.

The designs of the Slavs involve a geopolitical calculation and the search for an outlet to the Aegean. As was planned during the Second World War and in the post-war decades, Tito constructed an artificial nationality, the “Macedonian” nationality. The task was difficult because the new nationality did not have the characteristics which are essential for its establishment as such. It followed that these components had to be “discovered” or invented.

Another feature of the nationality was its language. It was generally accepted that the language spoken by the Slavs of Macedonia is a dialect of Bulgarian. In order to sever the substantive linguistic bond between the Macedonian Slaves and the Bulgarians, a separate “Macedonian” written language had to be invented. This was done by exploiting local peculiarities and by borrowing from Serbian and other Slavic languages. However, despite the painstaking efforts of forty years, the new language remains an offshoot of Bulgarian.

Here they reinterpreted the history of the Balkans, going back to the most ancient times. In this way, it would be possible to explain into existence the myth of a “Macedonian nation.”

These countless examples should suffice to make clear the extent of this campaign of counterfeiting, historical mythology, distortion and historical misinterpretation. These falsehoods have been accepted by people with an absolute ignorance of history, which goes hand-in-hand with absolute toleration.

I should add that we, as Greeks, must not lose our sense of history, of whence we came, of who we are, and of what we are becoming.

Is it possible today in the United States, where we constitute an affluent, politically powerful, and highly educated Hellenic diaspora, that we know so little about something so simple and yet so fatefully significant as the myth of a “Macedonian” nation?

It is a matter of great national importance for the modern history of Greece and Hellenism, and indeed our national duty, to restore the historical truth that specific aspirations and interests continue to reproach and distort. Our duty is to maintain permanent vigilance to preserve our national integrity and ensure peace.

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