Saturday, May 18, 2013

Walter M. Ellis about term 'Macedonian'

The author in the book "PTOLEMY OF EGYPT", explains the usage of term 'Macedonian' in his book:

"...I fear that I have not been wholly consistent in my use of the term “Macedonian.” For the record, let me state that I believe Macedonians, ancient and modern, are Greeks. But it is also a fact that ancient Macedonians distinguished themselves from Greeks, as the Greeks distinguished themselves from Macedonians. A Texan is an American, but many Americans see Texans in a class by themselves. The Welsh and the Cornish stand in an ambiguous relationship with the English, as do Ukrainians with Russians, Austrians with Germans, Alsatians with the French. The list is endless. Americans of English ancestry speak the same language as the English, only differently. They admire English culture, but grudgingly. They want to be English in some situations, but not in others.

The "backward" Macedonians were suddenly thrust into a position of leadership over the Greeks, who, from the Macedonian point of view, had not done a very good job of governing themselves. The Macedonians embraced Greek culture and their own role as leaders, but, at the same time, they must have felt slightly superior to the mighty Greeks, who had fallen so far so fast. These contradictions may not be rational, but nor are they unusual."

Walter M. Ellis, Ptolemy of Egypt, London 1994, Routledge, pg. ix.

Source: History of Macedonia through ages


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