World Classical Scholars: Macedonia is Greek (Letter to President Barack Obama)

The Honorable Barack Obama
President, United States of America
White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500 

Dear President Obama,

We, the undersigned scholars of Graeco-Roman antiquity, respectfully request that you intervene to clean up some of the historical debris left in southeast Europe by the previous U.S. administration.

On November 4, 2004, two days after the re-election of President George W. Bush, his administration unilaterally recognized the “Republic of Macedonia.” This action not only abrogated geographic and historic fact, but it also has unleashed a dangerous epidemic of historical revisionism, of which the most obvious symptom is the misappropriation by the government in Skopje of the most famous of Macedonians, Alexander the Great.

We believe that this silliness has gone too far, and that the U.S.A. has no business in supporting the subversion of history. Let us review facts. (The documentation for these facts [here in boldface] can be found attached and at:

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.” Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Everyday Spirituality: The Importance of a Thankful Heart


Michael Haldas
St. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 1:4, «I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus.» The note in our Orthodox Study Bible that corresponds to this passage reads, «Nothing is so acceptable to God as our thankfulness for His grace, both to us and to others.» This explanatory note is profound and is so important to our well-being because having a thankful heart is ultimately what leads us to love as God loves.

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