Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A question from a reader as regards the "Ancient Macedonian History"

A common question about Ancient Macedonian History is: “If Alexander A' was Greek, why was he called a Philhellene?”

Philhellene (φιλέλλην, meaning Greek-lover) is a term commonly used of non-Greeks. It is also a term for Greeks who sacrifice themselves for the common good. Plato states that the citizens should be both Greek and Philhellenes (Republic 470E). Agesilaus of Sparta was also called a philhellene (Xenophon, Agesilaus 7.4) because he was a good Greek.

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  1. Anonymous11:01 PM

    Alexander is also a Greek name. Alexander I (Greek: Αλέξανδρος ο Μακεδών). Why even ask such a question for a king that has a Greek name.

  2. Anonymous1:36 AM

    Philhellene (φιλέλλην). I'd say "friend of Hellenes" is a better translation.

  3. Anonymous11:27 AM

    The Macedonia history is full of such examples.