The battle over Alexander

Was Alexander a Greek or a Macedonian? And if a Macedonian, which Macedonia? The battle rages. But did not Demosthenes say of Alexander’s father that he was “not only no Greek, nor related to the Greeks, but not even a barbarian from any place that can be named with honour, but a pestilent knave from Macedonia, whence it was never yet possible to buy a decent slave.” Of course, he was no Slav either. Perhaps he was English.


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  1. Well, Mrs. Lance– who got her undergrad degree in Classics– says he was Macedonian, so I’ll go with that. As for which Macedonian, well, I think that’s what you learn with your graduate Classics degree… 

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