Δευτέρα, 28 Ιουλίου 2008
The attempts made by Skopians to provide evidences that the so called "Macedonian language" is the idiom spoken around Skopje can hardly persuade anyone.
Their language, with the self-contained Slav tongue, was completely unknown until 1944 and no matter how hard one may try will find nothing to prove its existence.
The language used by the Slav speaking inhabitants of the Southern Yugoslavia and southwestern Bulgaria was known to be a dialect of the Bulgarian language.
After the foundation of the Socialist Republic of "Macedonia", for obvious political reasons an army of philologists and scholars was employed to create a separate written language.
Taking a Bulgarian dilect as starting point and enhancing it widely from Greek, Serbian, Russian and other Slav languages, a "literary language", the so called "Macedonian language" was created and recognized by the Yugoslav Constitution as one of the country's three official languages.
The fact that there is not even one text, not one inscription, in this language before 1944 proves without doubt that this language has nothing to do with the ancient Macedonians and their descendants who always spoke Greek.
The fact that the Macedonians spoke the same language as the other Greeks can also be seen in the work by the Roman historian Livy, who mentions that in the assembly of Greeks in Aetolia in 200 BC were representatives of Aetolians, Acarnanians and Macedonians all of whom spoke the same language.
Facts that do not justify ignorance
Beyond the evidence there exist facts that do not justify ignorance and do not permit the minister preparation of Macedonian history. The most significant of these are the following :
There is no official text of either the recent or the more distant past in which mention is made of "Macedonia" or "Macedonians".
Neither the Treaty of Berlin, nor the Treaty of San Stefano makes any reference to such concepts. The official Turkish census of 1905 gives figures for the populations of the geographical area of Macedonia, divided into the vilaets of Thessaloniki and Monastir and shows great majority of the Greeks while makes no reference to "Macedonians" for the simple reason that none of those questioned stated so.
One fact accepted by the Slav historians is that the establishment of the Slavs in the Balkans took place in the 6th century AD and that their cultural history begins during the 10th century AD. Founders of the cultural history of the Slavs, are the two Greek monks from Thessaloniki, Cyril and Methodius who during the 9th century setting off Macedonia as the starting point taught to the Slavs the Greek-based Cyrillic script and the Christian faith of the Greek Orthodox Church. So the first fundamental sources of their cultural life and history are Byzantine Greek.
This fact alone should deprive the Slavs from any historical link with Balkans before the 6th century and any cultural link before the 10th century AD. The theory of the Skopians that Cyril and Methodius were Macedonian Slavs "was rejected by Pope John Paul II, who on December 31st 1980 addressing the entire catholic church proclaimed Cyril and Methodius protectors of Europe, calling them "Brothet Greeks". This proclamation is the following.
It is well known that :
Old Testament was first translated into Greek.
The three Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles were written in Greek, while the Gospel of Mathew was translated into Greek from Aramaic at an early date.
Apostle Paul, who spoke Greek, not only visited first and started his apostolic mission in Europe from Macedonia, but also wrote his divinely inspired epistles in Greek. Ever since the first century A.C. his epistles to the Philippians, that is the Greek inhabitants of Philippi and to Thessalonians, have been continuously read in the entire Christian world.
Holzner in his book on Paul writes : "Once out of Macedonia came the young hero (Alexander) with his 22 years and brought the gifts of the West, the Greek tongue and philosophy to the East.
Now the West demanded the most beautiful gift of the East, the teaching of Nazarene.....".
All the above prove that Christianity used the Greek language as its transmitting medium, which had become universal through Alexander and his successors, in order to be understood by the various nations.The history and the cultural inheritance of Macedonia as "Hellenistic era" had a great influence on the humanity history.