Nationalists from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M) and her diaspora constantly allege that only Greek historians and institutions subscribe to the notion that the ancient Macedonians, including the Hellenistic successors of Alexander, belonged within the sphere of the ancient Greek world. The nationalists from F.Y.R.O.M claim that the notion that the ancient Macedonians were a Greek tribe is an assertion largely motivated by propaganda efforts of the Greek state. According to nationalists from F.Y.R.O.M and her diaspora the ancient Macedonians were a proto-Slavic tribe who spoke a proto-Slavic language. These same nationalists, along with the Gruevski administration, claim that the ancient Macedonians are the ancestors of the Slavic population of F.Y.R.O.M. No credible and objective historian in the world supports this far fetched claim. Unfortunately for the nationalists from F.Y.R.O.M and her diaspora the ancestors of the Slavs of F.Y.R.O.M were almost universally regarded as Bulgarians up until the early 20th century.
A quick survey of international museums, and their descriptions of ancient Macedonia and ancient Macedonian artificats, shows that many of the most reputable and respected international institutions regard the ancient Macedonians as an ancient Greek tribe. The following examples, taken from websites of various museums, expose the nationalists from F.Y.R.O.M as liars when they claim that only Greeks relate ancient Macedonians with ancient Greeks.
While reading the follwing excerpts from international Museums the readers should ask themselves who to believe: The likes of the British Museum or nationalists from F.Y.R.O.M who have constructed a mythical pedigree for themselves, that no reputable historian supports, in order to lend legitimacy to their new Balkan state.
[Credit goes to Georox for compiling this information]
1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York.
2. The British Museum. London.
3. The Louvre. Paris.
4. The Getty. Los Angeles.
5. The Hermitage. St. Petersburg Russia
6. The Fitzwilliam Museum. Cambridge
7. The Philadelphia Museum of Art.