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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 9 years ago

Have you ever heard about Macedonia?

I just wondering how much do you know about this country? Where is located ? Have you heard about a known person comes from Macedonia ?

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  • 9 years ago
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    Which Macedonia do you mean? The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia or the original, Greek Macedonia? The first is a Slavic/Albanian state (about 60% are Slavs, 35% Albanians and the rest mainly Turks) which is related to other south Slavs, mostly Bulgarians and Serbs. It uses a Slavic language and the Cyrillic alphabet, but Macedonian Slav language is considered a Bulgarian dialect, since it's descented from Bulgarian. Greek (original) Macedonia is the birthplace of the ancient Macedonians, an ancient Greek people, while the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia was never really part of ancient Macedonia, except of a narrow stripe at the south of the country on the borders with the Greek Macedonia. The only common thing between the two is that the country is using the Greek name "Macedonia".

    Famous persons from the original, Greek Macedonia are Alexander the Great, his father Philip, Cleopatra, etc.

    I don't know any famous persons from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), since the modern "Macedonian ethnicity" is a 20th century creation:

    All the famous persons considered "Macedonians" (with the modern, Slavic sense of the word and only by the citizens of the FYROM) are actually born in a different ethnicity:

    Alexander the Great, Philip II, Cleopatra and all the ancient Macedonians were Greek.

    Justinian was Thraco-Illyrian.

    Emperor Samuel was Bulgarian.

    Mother Teresa was Albanian.

    etc., etc.

    Eugene N. Borza, an American historian who has written multiple works on Macedonia and is regarded an expert on the overall subject, stated:

    Modern Slavs, both Bulgarians and Macedonians, cannot establish a link with antiquity, as the Slavs entered the Balkans centuries after the demise of the ancient Macedonian kingdom. Only the most radical Slavic factions—mostly émigrés in the United States, Canada, and Australia—even attempt to establish a connection to antiquity [...] The twentieth-century development of a Macedonian ethnicity, and its recent evolution into independent statehood following the collapse of the Yugoslav state in 1991, has followed a rocky road. In order to survive the vicissitudes of Balkan history and politics, the Macedonians, who have had no history, need one. They reside in a territory once part of a famous ancient kingdom, which has borne the Macedonian name as a region ever since and was called ”Macedonia” for nearly half a century as part of Yugoslavia. And they speak a language now recognized by most linguists outside Bulgaria, Serbia, and Greece as a south Slavic language separate from Slovenian, Serbo-Croatian, and Bulgarian. Their own so-called Macedonian ethnicity had evolved for more than a century, and thus it seemed natural and appropriate for them to call the new nation “Macedonia” and to attempt to provide some cultural references to bolster ethnic survival.

    ("Macedonia Redux", in "The Eye Expanded: life and the arts in Greco-Roman Antiquity", ed. Frances B Tichener & Richard F. Moorton, University of California Press, 1999)

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Theres a Macedonia in Greece that is a region. AND there is a country called Macedonia. but politically by the world it is know as FYROM (Former Yugoslavic Republic of Macedonia) Cleopatras father Ptolemy XII Auletes was Macedonian, Alexander the Great, Mother Theresa.

  • 7 years ago

    I've heard of Macedonia. Alexnder the great came from macedonia

  • 9 years ago

    It's a small Balkan country located between Greece and Serbia, and used to be the southernmost constituent country of Yugoslavia. It's capital city is Skopje.

    The country called Macedonia is part of a larger region of the same name, which includes much of northern Greece. The region of Macedonia gets its name from the ancient kingdom of Macedon, which gave the world Alexander the Great.

    Most of the people in the country of Macedonia speak a language similar to Bulgarian, while the people in the rest of the region called Macedonia mostly speak Greek.

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  • 9 years ago

    I think quite a lot of people will have heard of Philip of Macedon, and his even more famous son.

    Locating Macedonia on a map it is fairly easy to get the general area (sort of opposite the heel of Italy). I think only Macedonians would be able to locate it precisely.

    Lots of western Europeans know Skopje much better than they know Macedonia in general - because Skopje was an important holiday destination when it used to be in Yugoslavia.

    There are not many countries where the capital city is better known than the country itself.

    (Would you be able to point to Ouagadougou, or Cotonou on a map)?

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    I have heard of Ohrid and it's lake.

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Yes its in Greece Thessaloniki

  • 9 years ago

    Sure have.

    Quite a lot.

    Is located in Caribbean sea.

    Yes. I have heard of known person called John. Nice guy. Owes me money.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Alexander the great was macedonian

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