Alexander The Great in U.S., Canada

AlexanderThe exhibition The Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexander The Great will be hosted in four museums in Canada and the USA from December 2014 to September 2016.

The exhibition will be presented at the Royal Ontario Museum, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, The Field Museum and The National Geographic Museum.

More than 560 ancient objects, as well as some models, casts and copies, from Greek museums, as the National Archeological, the Numismatic, the Epigraphic Museum, the Acropolis Museum, the Archaeological Museums of Thessaloniki and Heraklion, will travel to the other side of the Atlantic aiming at be included in the exhibition.

The exhibits will chronologically cover the period from prehistory until the late Hellenistic period. The exhibition will be structured in nine sections, which aims at helping the visitor get familiar with the Greek civilization.


9 COMMENTS

  1. I hope that the FYROMs all attend to this exhibition and learn the truth, that the Ancient Macedonians have always claimed to be Greeks and spoke Greek..

  2. Alexander was born in Pella. It’s closer to walk to Bitola than Athens, but according to a Greek, Alexander could have no way been associated with the barbaric Balkan tribe up north. Never mind that the wood for his military came from the mountains in the Balkans that his people carved spears for him with the Ash wood not available in the rest of Greece.

    It was also interesting that Alexander was considered a barbarian by the “elite” Athenians. They (Macedonians) even held their own version of Olympic Games because only Greeks were allowed to participate in these games, which Alexander had to lie about who he is to participate in them (Greek games). Why is that?

    What Greeks (modern Greeks) will never admit is that the Ancient Greeks despised Alexander the Great hence the many wars fought against the Macedonian Empire against the Greek city states, which Macedonia was never part of.

    Come thousands of years & border changes later, Greeks cannot lay exclusive claim on Alexander. Paying bribes in black plastic bags & changing history as it suits them & then advertising it around the world is what Greeks do best. Greeks distort history as they distort the Government budget. Lie lie lie is all they are good at.

    Why hasn’t any Greek being so great as they say won any war in the 21st century? You can’t even get TRNC back.

  3. Wrong. Macedonians were and currently are Greek. The people of FYROM are of mostly Bulgarian ancestry. At least the parts that aren’t Albanian. Ancient Greeks are Modern Greeks and have been proven to be time and time again.

    I’m glad you are a professor. Perhaps you should check out what the majority of scholars who study Macedonia say at Macedonia Evidence movement.

    Below from HUNDREDS OF PROFESSORS:

    The land in question, with its modern capital at Skopje, was called Paionia in antiquity.
    Mts. Barnous and Orbelos (which form today the northern limits of
    Greece) provide a natural barrier that separated, and separates,
    Macedonia from its northern neighbor. The only real connection is
    along the Axios/Vardar River and even this valley “does not form a line of communication because it is divided by gorges.”

    While it is true that the Paionians were subdued by Philip II,
    father of Alexander, in 358 B.C. they were not Macedonians and did not
    live in Macedonia. Likewise, for example, the Egyptians, who were
    subdued by Alexander, may have been ruled by Macedonians, including the
    famous Cleopatra, but they were never Macedonians themselves, and
    Egypt was never called Macedonia.

    Rather, Macedonia and Macedonian Greeks have been located for at least 2,500 years just
    where the modern Greek province of Macedonia is. Exactly this same
    relationship is true for Attica and Athenian Greeks, Argos and Argive
    Greeks, Corinth and Corinthian Greeks, etc.

    We do not understand how the modern inhabitants
    of ancient Paionia, who speak Slavic – a language introduced into the
    Balkans about a millennium after the death of Alexander – can claim him as their national hero. Alexander the Great was thoroughly and indisputably Greek. His great-great-great grandfather, Alexander I, competed in the Olympic Games where participation was limited to Greeks.

    Even before Alexander I, the Macedonians traced their ancestry to Argos, and many of their kings used the head of Herakles – the quintessential Greek hero – on their coins.

    Euripides – who died and was buried in Macedonia– wrote his play Archelaos in honor of the great-uncle of Alexander, and in Greek. While in Macedonia, Euripides also wrote the Bacchai, again in Greek. Presumably the Macedonian audience could understand what he wrote and what they heard.

    Alexander’s father, Philip, won several equestrian victories at Olympia and Delphi,
    the two most Hellenic of all the sanctuaries in ancient Greece where
    non-Greeks were not allowed to compete. Even more significantly,
    Philip was appointed to conduct the Pythian Games
    at Delphi in 346 B.C. In other words, Alexander the Great’s father
    and his ancestors were thoroughly Greek. Greek was the language used by
    Demosthenes and his delegation from Athens when they paid visits to Philip, also in 346 B.C.

    Another northern Greek, Aristotle, went off to study for nearly 20 years in the Academy of Plato. Aristotle subsequently returned to Macedonia and became the tutor of Alexander III. They used Greek in their classroom which can still be seen near Naoussa in Macedonia.

    Alexander carried with him throughout his conquests Aristotle’s edition of Homer’s Iliad. Alexander also spread Greek language and culture throughout his empire, founding cities and establishing centers of learning. Hence inscriptions concerning such typical Greek institutions as the gymnasium are found as far away as Afghanistan. They are all written in Greek.

    The questions follow: Why was Greek the lingua franca all over Alexander’s empire if he was a “Macedonian”? Why was the New Testament, for example, written in Greek?

    The answers are clear: Alexander the Great was Greek, not Slavic, and Slavs and their language were nowhere near Alexander or his homeland until 1000 years later.
    This brings us back to the geographic area known in antiquity as
    Paionia. Why would the people who live there now call themselves
    Macedonians and their land Macedonia? Why would they abduct a
    completely Greek figure and make him their national hero?

    The ancient Paionians may or may not have been Greek, but they certainly became Greekish,
    and they were never Slavs. They were also not Macedonians. Ancient
    Paionia was a part of the Macedonian Empire. So were Ionia and Syria
    and Palestine and Egypt and Mesopotamia and Babylonia and Bactria and
    many more. They may thus have become “Macedonian” temporarily, but
    none was ever “Macedonia”. The theft of Philip and Alexander by a land
    that was never Macedonia cannot be justified.

    The traditions of ancient Paionia could be
    adopted by the current residents of that geographical area with
    considerable justification. But the extension of the geographic term
    “Macedonia” to cover southern Yugoslavia cannot. Even in the late 19th
    century, this misuse implied unhealthy territorial aspirations.

    The same motivation is to be seen in school maps
    that show the pseudo-greater Macedonia, stretching from Skopje to Mt.
    Olympus and labeled in Slavic. The same map and its claims are in
    calendars, bumper stickers, bank notes,
    etc., that have been circulating in the new state ever since it
    declared its independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. Why would a poor
    land-locked new state attempt such historical nonsense? Why would it
    brazenly mock and provoke its neighbor?

    more at
    http://macedonia-evidence.org/obama-letter.html
    Backed by scholars around the world including Slavic ones.

  4. Actually Alexander much like his ancestors were self identifying Greeks.

    You should tell Professsor Peter Greens to stop letting feelings of his Skopian wife interfering in his academic work. High unprofessional. He especially comes of as a crackpot bigotted fraud when he desperately attempts to pretend he doesn’t notice the SKopians turning into “descendents of ancient Macedonians” right before his eyes.

  5. Why hasn’t any Greek being so great as they say won any war in the 21st century?
    Has any Slav from FYROM achieved this…or for that matter a Canadian??
    Alexander was 1 in 100 million.
    ” was also interesting that Alexander was considered a barbarian by the “elite” Athenians.”

    Please …who called Alexander a barbarian supply link [email protected]!!

    “fought against the Macedonian Empire against the Greek city states, which Macedonia was never part of..””
    Yes Macedonia was never a Greek City State …obviously as it was an empire which is what many Greeks despised.
    But you fail to mention the Greeks that were allies…Thessaly first & foremost:
    http://www.academia.edu/1826328/Alexanders_Thessalian_Cavalry

    Being born in Macedonia qualified you a a Macedonian in Phillips & Alexander eyes..like this great man whose family was from Crete…ah the small details that the Fyromites & their apologists fail to mention:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nearchus

  6. This exhibit is not going to the Royal Ontario Museum. The other Canadian museum is the Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History.

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