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Pero Antić, the Big Man from Macedonia

Pero Antić loves tattoos, muscle cars, barbecue, and teamwork. He'll do just fine in Atlanta.

When Pero Antić steps onto the court on October 30 for the Hawks’ season opener, he’ll become the first Macedonian to play in the NBA. It’s an overdue feat, both for Antić and hoops-mad Macedonia, but sooner or later a big man from this tiny Balkan country was destined to make the leap. Macedonian, after all, comes from the ancient Greek word Makedones—“the tall ones.”

At six feet eleven, 260 pounds, with a shaved head and a riot of tattoos, Antić passes the dark-alley test of an NBA enforcer. His power forward game, however, is more finesse than brute force.

Antić’s professional career began at seventeen in Macedonia. He hopped around Europe playing for teams in Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Russia before helping Greek powerhouse Olympiacos win back-to-back Euroleague championships. Two years ago he captained the Macedonian team to a surprising fourth-place EuroBasket finish. We spoke by phone shortly before he came to Atlanta.

You’ve been playing professionally for more than a decade. Why come to the NBA now? After the two Euroleague championships, I just felt that I could still show something. I am thirty-one. I had some offers in Europe maybe twice as rich as what I will earn in Atlanta, but I don’t want to be the guy who says, “I could have gone to the NBA, but I didn’t because of this or that.” I don’t run away from things. It’s now or never.

Had there been opportunities to play in the NBA before? I was supposed to go to the Orlando Magic—I was in Orlando for workouts, and I received an offer in Europe I couldn’t refuse. (I was supposed to get the league minimum in the NBA.)

Just how popular is basketball in Macedonia? It’s very big—it’s the main sport. In 2011 it was the strongest EuroBasket tournament in years because all the NBA players played, and we won fourth place and almost went to the finals.

And this is from a country with how large a population? It’s 2.1 million people. Atlanta is double. Half of Atlanta can just come and take our country!

What was the reaction in Skopje to your signing with the Hawks? Atlanta just signed a contract with 2 million new fans. People told me, “Finally we have a player in the NBA. We’ll have a reason to stay up late”—because the games are on at 3 or 4 a.m. “It’s going to be your fault, but I’m going to enjoy all these sleepless nights.” The president of Macedonia called me and said that everyone is so happy.

What do you think will be the most difficult adjustment? I don’t think it’s going to be difficult, but it’s going to be a little strange. Whatever you have been in Europe—you have played and won championships—that doesn’t mean anything in the NBA. You have to fight for your spot.

Do you remember who your first favorite NBA player was as a kid? Like for everybody, it’s M.J. And I like Kevin Garnett.

Who first put a basketball in your hands? My father was a professional basketball player in Yugoslavia for fourteen years.

Ah—so probably he did. We saw his medals at home—they were our toys. There was a lot of basketball at home. Then in one year I grew twelve centimeters. I was fourteen. In my mind, I just wanted to score over the older guys. Then they took me on one of the national youth teams.

How many more good years do you think you have left in your career? I think I have four to five good years. After that I will hang the shoes up and deal more with the family and try to help Macedonian basketball go higher.

You have many tattoos. What’s the first one you got? I have one on my left leg, almost on the calf, that I wanted to be a star and have a basketball and around it to have Chinese symbols. But to be honest, I only know half of them now.

You mean the symbols? It was 2002. I know what I put on, but which one is which? I put eight of them on.

I read that cars are one of your hobbies. Yeah, almost every year I buy one Ford Mustang GT. I love American muscle cars. For sure I will get something in the States and bring it back.

When you were a child, Macedonia was still part of Yugoslavia, right? Yes, but we were speaking our own language—you had to know the Serbian language, too, because it was universal.

How old were you when Yugoslavia broke up into separate countries? I was maybe seven years old. After the falling apart of Yugoslavia, like the Soviet Union, all these countries—Bosnia, Croatia—became separate countries. You can say that Macedonia is a new country.

But it’s also very ancient—Alexander the Great is from Macedonia. Yes, this is his small, great country. We have a very big monument of him in Skopje on his horse, nineteen meters high. He started everything. After he died, slowly all of it started to fall apart. But at least we are still here.

What Macedonian food are you going to miss? I will invite you to come here, to taste all the foods—everyone will love it. Moussaka, shawarma, rolled meat with grape leaves. I have to make a Macedonian barbecue for you.

So barbecue is big there, too? We arrange with families to come, and always there’s one guy who’s at the barbecue who won’t leave until he finishes.

That might be one thing in common between Macedonia and the South. In the States everyone has barbecue.

What else can you tell the fans in Atlanta about Macedonia? Macedonia is a very warmhearted country. We love everybody who comes. Macedonia is small on the map but very big in the heart.

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Elton Brand
Until injuries slowed him down, Brand was a beast. Playing forward for the Bulls and the Clippers, he averaged 20.3 points and 10.2 rebounds a game, twice making the All-Star team. At thirty-four, with a repaired shoulder and Achilles tendon, Brand knows he is now a role player—last season in Dallas was his first time primarily coming off the bench. He remains an effective post player and a pick-and-pop partner for speedy guards like Jeff Teague. He’s one of the league’s most respected locker-room guys, and the team will benefit from his steadying presence.

DeMarre Carroll
In a Carroll highlight reel, you won’t find dazzling crossover dribbles, silky smooth post moves, or windmill dunks. What you will see is sheer exertion: floor dives for loose balls, second- and third-effort rebounds, disrupted fast breaks, deflected passes, hands everywhere. The Hawks are Carroll’s fifth team in as many years, but his unbridled hustle and his scrappy style of play have kept the six-feet-eight forward in the league and earned the respect of fans and teammates alike.

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  1. Joe Jablonski posted on 11/01/2013 09:08 AM
    Why don't the author and athlete stick to basketball instead of talking about history. They both sound like ignoramuses.

    Alexander the Great has nothing to do with this SerboBulgarianAlbanian country officially call the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
    1. Bojan posted on 11/01/2013 11:23 PM
      @Joe Jablonski I totally agree with your comments about the interview. I totally disagree that Alexander has nothing to do with the Macedonians from the Republic of Macedonia. His father was Phillip, who was hated by the Greeks. Demosthenes said about Phillip: "... not only no Greek, nor related to the Greeks, but not even a barbarian from any place that can be named with honors, but a pestilent knave from Macedonia, whence it was never yet possible to buy a decent slave".

      Do not deny history. I know it hurts. If Macedonia can be called FYROM, Greece can be totally called Former Ottoman Province of Turkey. Same thing.
    2. Bobby posted on 11/02/2013 09:13 AM
      @Joe Jablonski I can't understand why so much hate to somebody? You would like to know history, but you can't. BECAUSE YOU ARE STUPID, MY MAN. The history of Macedonia is much bigger than you could understand, but since the Greeks (according to your name you are not Greek???), took that territory after the Balkan wars, the new history is written. There is a plenty of documents about Macedonians, but you don't know them... because you are stupid, right? The name of the Balkans (Turkish word for Bal - honey, and Kan - blood), previously was Macedonia... and there is a lot of documents about that... The Greek country was founded by European countries (France, Germany, and if you could believe - RUSSIA), just to stop expansion of Muslims/Turks in Europe. But you can't know this... why??? Because you are ... you know the answer??? Or not, because you are stupid. You have a Jew surname.... did you know what was the prime job of Jews in southern part of Macedonia, especially Thessaloniki (Macedonian name is Solun) when the Greeks has occupied the southern part of Macedonia? To gather and to burn all the bodies that Greeks have killed in those months (years) of exodus. And after decades, there is a French (ex-Prime Minister) Sarkozy, who told to the world that he was very happy that his origins are from Greece??? What a dumb-ass. This is the example of somebody who don't know his own history! His grand grand parents came from Spain, settled in Macedonian town, lived with Macedonians and Turks there... and then his origins are from Greece? There is a lot of stuff i would like to write.... but i don't have time to spend on people like you.... I understand Greeks, they are afraid that someday EU will tell them that they must to return all the land and houses and everything else, to those who have the documents.... That is the truth about Greek hate against Macedonians... We have the land documents, not those "people". Today is Saturday, it's a great day to start reading :-)
  2. Nick posted on 11/01/2013 11:25 AM
    There is no country called Macedonia, there isn't a country with this name recognized by the United Nations. The country where from Pero Antic comes from is a Slavic country with population consisted of 65% Bulgarians and 35% Albanians. Macedonia is a region of Greece and of course Alexander the Great has nothing to do with Pero's country. Alexander the Great was born in Pella, a place located in Greece. You should be very careful before posting unhistorical things. Keep focusing in basket.
    1. A Macedonian Macedonian posted on 11/02/2013 10:32 AM
      @Nick No big surprise that bankrupt Greece is in the situation that it is in. Not only is the country bankrupt but many of its descendants on this board are morally bankrupt as well. Macedonians exist as an ethnicity in Greece as well. Just go to the villages of Florina/Lerin or Edessa/Voden and see for yourself.
    2. dani posted on 11/02/2013 11:30 AM
      @Nick You are wrong honey, my country ,its called Republic of Macedonia , and im MACEDONIAN and i'll always be ,like you or not sweet boy. kisses from one Macedonian girl :*
  3. konga posted on 11/01/2013 11:40 AM
    Dear author, please change the title to "Pero Antić, the Big Man from FYROM", the current title is insulting for people with elementary history knowledge. Thank you.
    1. Savvas Papaconstanopolou posted on 11/01/2013 05:16 PM
      @konga The United States has recognised his country as Republic of Macedonia.. So Take it up with Obama...
    2. A Macedonian Macedonian posted on 11/02/2013 10:34 AM
      @konga "Fyrom" is Athenian or Greek inspired. Most of the world calls the country MACEDONIA.
  4. mmmm posted on 11/01/2013 11:49 AM
    First of all Moussaka and rolled meat in grapes leaves aka ntolmades are greek Antic know these foods because he was playing in a greek basketball team called olympiacos!!and i agree with joe and nick!
    1. A Macedonian Macedonian posted on 11/02/2013 10:35 AM
      @mmmm More Greek lies. Moussaka and Dolma ("dolmades") actually are Turkish in origin. Wow, it's unbelievable that some actually (mostly from their country) actually believe their lies.
    2. dani posted on 11/02/2013 11:41 AM
      @mmmm i made macedonian musaka yesterday and it was delicious.I have to admit that the mousaka is turkish in origin, but i made it in macedonian way :D
  5. kkIII posted on 11/01/2013 11:55 AM
    There is only one Macedonia and this is part of Northern Greece. I don't think that Pero is a Greek citizen, so that he can be mentioned as "the big man from Macedonia". You can call him "The big man from Skopje"..
    1. Pontian Greek posted on 11/01/2013 05:07 PM
      @kkIII I am pure greek my family comes from trapazounta in Turkey... We are the ancient ones . not the skopjanss..
      Greece land of democracy..
      we have no money left help us please golden dawn...
    2. A Macedonian Macedonian posted on 11/02/2013 10:36 AM
      @kkIII Macedonia was divided in 1913. "Greece" was given 51% of the country unconditonally. Macedonians living in "Greece" suffer to this day. One part of Macedonia is independent-The Republic of Macedonia.
  6. Salvatore posted on 11/01/2013 01:14 PM
    Can you please stick to basketball!? This interview is a total joke. A journalist who has no idea about sports and obviously proves to be totally inadequate in knowing basic historical facts. The so-called "Macedonians" are of slavic origin and moved in the area a few thousand years after Alexander the Great passed away.. The name Macedonia was given to them after 1950 and you can even see the United Nations maps that do not even mention this name until 1961. So leave the propaganda out of sports. Thanks
    1. A Macedonian Macedonian posted on 11/02/2013 10:38 AM
      @Salvatore And you Salvatore or is it Salvatorios is sticking to basketball? No I think you are "Greek" and your anti-Macedonian hatred is exposed right away in this post.
  7. Yannis posted on 11/01/2013 01:29 PM
    SLAVOBULGARIANS & ALBANIANS...NEVER MACEDONIANS...the author is at least offensive to Greece...but what do you expect from a city that bought the Olympic Games....
    1. Yunanistan posted on 11/01/2013 05:10 PM
      @Yannis Yannis Bananis, You must be a pure greek, another tourist from Turkey..Keep your racist rants to your self..
    2. dani posted on 11/02/2013 11:55 AM
      @Yannis im macedonian girl la la la la im macedonian girl la la la la la :D :D :D
  8. Norbert Schmidt posted on 11/01/2013 01:39 PM
    This interview is like a joke. Please stick to Basketball, Macedonia and his culture has nothing to do with socalled "Macedonia", an Albanobulgarian mix country which trying to steal greek history.
    1. A Macedonian Macedonian posted on 11/02/2013 10:39 AM
      @Norbert Schmidt "Norbert" another "Greek" ashamed of their "Greek" origin
  9. FILIP NIKOLOV posted on 11/01/2013 02:17 PM
    1. Kyle posted on 11/10/2013 07:20 AM
      @FILIP NIKOLOV It's good to be proud of a player that does well in NBA, you deserve to be happy! Nevetheless you should also start becoming familiar with where you come from... The sooner you value your Slavic roots the better. Macedonian heritage can never be disconnected from Greece because it's a story that goes back more that 2000 years of Greek history documented in many ancient, old and modern scripts! Unfortunately, from all these, you only get to keep a name which is also of Greek origin... I think you can do better than that! It may hurt but dropping the name "Macedonia" and finding a proper name of Slavic origin to define your people and culture would be most healthy and the best gift to the future generations of your country!
  10. Nick posted on 11/01/2013 02:39 PM
    The journalist should have done some basic historical research before making wrong statements in public... Alexander the Great was Greek, spoke Greek and was the king of Macedon. The country where Pero Antic comes from is not related (at all) to Alexander the Great, Aristotle and ancient Macedonia; that is all historical heritage of Greece. Again, the journalist who took the interview should have searched first for basic historical information before embarrassing Atlanta magazine in such way.
  11. jovan posted on 11/01/2013 02:44 PM
    Pero is Macedonian....our country is Republic of Macedonia....
    1. Nick posted on 11/01/2013 03:03 PM
      @jovan That is fine but relating your country to Alexander the Great and ancient Macedon is historically proven to be incorrect and unjustified... In such terms you do not have the right to use the historical heritage of Greece (or of any other country) as your own...
  12. nb posted on 11/01/2013 02:56 PM
    Pero has played basketball a lot of years in Greece and he should have been more careful before saying these nonsenses.

    Macedonia is a geographic and historical region of Greece, so there is no ethnic group "Macedonians", the people who live in this country are just Slavobulgarians and nothing more..
    1. A Macedonian Macedonian posted on 11/02/2013 10:40 AM
      @nb To NB, ethnic Macedonians live in Greece..Go to Florina/Lerin or Edessa/Voden and see for yourself.
  13. George_Sachs posted on 11/01/2013 03:05 PM
    I can't believe that interviewer Mr. Lichtenstein who made such a totally unliterate provocative "question"/"declaration" as: ..."But it’s also very ancient—Alexander the Great is from Macedonia" (meaning FYROM and not the real Makedonia)... does not know Elementary History about the Land of Light (=HELLAS) and just one only of her Great Childs: Alexandros. But after considering interviewer's surname, I presume the "For what?" (Recall Mr. Henry, Ms. Madeleine and other "friends" of Cyprus and Greece). But dear Jesse for one be sure: Always Apollon's Light overcome darkness...
    1. A Macedonian Macedonian posted on 11/02/2013 10:41 AM
      @George_Sachs To "George_Sacchs" another "Greek" ashamed of his origin. Your anti-Macedonian rhetoric is quite transparent.
  14. riko posted on 11/01/2013 03:25 PM
    Mr Lichtestain because you are totally ignorant of history please check on Wikipedia about ancient Macedonia . As you can see ancient Macedonians had nothing to do with the Slavs like Adic . And by the way when he was playing in Greece he was not saying any bull like this for Alexander.
    1. ska posted on 08/25/2014 08:06 AM
      @riko Wikipedia haha. You Greeks are just Turks and have no real history. All made up from fantasy.You Make yourself happy by putting down others, that's what u you know best. Shut the Fuck up today like you deserve to be here and not just an Arse put on this earth to prove a point that will never be proved.
  15. GeorgeSt posted on 11/01/2013 03:48 PM
    Mr. Jesse Lichtenstein, when you take an interview from a basketball player, please talk about basketball. You have no idea of history. Do you even know the origin of the name of the city that you live? Do you know anything about history at all? We expect to hear from you your apologies. Moreover, change your title, this guy is NOT from Macedonia.
  16. Μ posted on 11/01/2013 04:58 PM
    You should ask what exactly is their own language. Why is it a slavic language similar to bulgarian and not the Greek language (Dorian dialect) that Alexander the Great and all Macedonians spoke.
    1. John posted on 11/01/2013 11:27 PM
      And my grandma speaks AMERICAN, and she speaks English, is she British? NO! Stop with the language invalid arguments. Language HAS NOTHING TO DO with how this people from Macedonia feels identifying themselves.
  17. Μ posted on 11/01/2013 04:59 PM
    You should ask what exactly is their own language. Why is it a slavic language similar to bulgarian and not the Greek language (Dorian dialect) that Alexander the Great and all Macedonians spoke.
  18. Solunski posted on 11/01/2013 05:14 PM
    Jessie, Great intereview. Don't listen to the so called Greeks. They are all Racists..
    They are worse than the Nazis. Greece has'nt been a democracy ever. Still today you cant freely speak your own language or say you are anything but greek...
    1. Γιώργος posted on 11/05/2013 07:42 AM
      @Solunski I guess you have lived there for many years and know how it is... At least the Greeks fought hard against the Nazi's during WWII - what did you and the Bulgarians do?
  19. Jeremy Jameson posted on 11/01/2013 05:50 PM

    Thanks for you article introducing the person Pero Antić from the country of Former Yugoslav Republic of "Macedonia" who is one of my fondest basketball players I have seen in Europe.

    One correction: the Former Yugoslav Republic of "Macedonia" is not an ancient country but a modern one, artificially created by Tito when assembling regions to constitute the former country of Yugoslavia their inhabitants of which are of Slavic origin - not Greek.

    As such please stand corrected as Alexander the Great, the student of Aristotle comes from the city of Pella in the northern province of Greece known as Makedonia and as such there is no association with the country mr. Antić is coming from.

    So next time you see mr. Antić please send him my warmest wishes in continuing his excellent career and also let him know of what Alexander the Great said to the then modern word:

    Quote No1:

    He said in his own language, which just by coincidence was the GREEK Doric dialect: “Ευγνωμονώ τοις Θεοίς ότι εγεννήθην Έλλην” which means “I thank the gods for being Greek“.

    Quote No2:

    A letter he sent to the Persian king Darius III: “your ancestors came to Macedonia and the rest of Hellas [Greece] and did us great harm, though we had done them no prior injury. I have been appointed leader of the Greeks, and wanting to punish the Persians I have come to Asia, which I took from you“.

    Quote No3 : Speaking to Athenians and Thebians: “We are united by the same language, the same blood and the same visions“.

    Thank you.
    1. Joseph Williams posted on 11/01/2013 06:10 PM
      @Jeremy Jameson You could also mention, that even the Old Testament (in Maccabbees 1) emphasizes the greek origin of Alexander the Great.

      This interview - apart from the sports part - is a pharse.
    2. A Macedonian Macedonian posted on 11/02/2013 10:42 AM
      @Jeremy Jameson Another "Greek" ashamed of his ancentry. Quite shameful.
  20. john posted on 11/01/2013 08:47 PM
    Is this Jesse Lichtenstein supposed to be a journalist? I hope he loses his job after taking this disgusting interview. I don't blame the athlete as much, but this Lichtenstein character is either really ignorant or has an agenda.
    Whatever it is, he needs to find a different job.

    And just for the record, Alexander was from Macedonia (the real one, born in Pella) not the country Pero Antic comes from. The Slavs didn't come to the Balkans until almost a thousand years after Alexander had died.
    1. A Macedonian Macedonian posted on 11/02/2013 10:51 AM
      @john John did you know that mostly of southern "Greece" spoke Albanian up to about 200 years ago??? That the evzoni costume is Albanian?
  21. Maria posted on 11/02/2013 06:37 AM
    SKOPJE.The name is SKOPJE
    1. A Macedonian Macedonian posted on 11/02/2013 10:43 AM
      @Maria YUNANISTAN. The name is YUNANISTAN
  22. konga posted on 11/02/2013 07:46 AM
    Until WWII this area was called Vardarska Banovina (administration of the Vardar). At 29th November of 1943 Josip Broz Tito decided to organize the newborn Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in republics. He gave arbitrary the name Socialist Republic of Macedonia to this republic. Then they discovered the term "Macedonia".. Of course, every relationship of this republic with Macedonia (a Greek region) is a just a bad joke. It is like one day for example Austria decides to be named Republic of Bavaria (which is of course a German region..)

    The people from this Slavic country have no national identity, they are mixed Greek fugitives from the Greek civil war (1946-1949) with Bulgarians. Even their former prime minister Ljubčo Georgievski admitted that he is Bulgarian..

    btw, look what he said about Alexander the Greatin this video..

    Stop the propaganda unhistorical Slavobulgarians..
    1. A Macedonian Macedonian posted on 11/02/2013 10:44 AM
      @konga Another"Greek" ashamed of his origins. Wow.
  23. Bobby posted on 11/02/2013 08:52 AM
    I have read all the comments here, and all i can see is that on Balkans everybody can write his own history. All this ignorant Greeks should read a little more about Macedonia (which name means land of high mountains, and somebody thinks that it means The mother of the world). The name Macedonia belongs only to Macedonians, not Greeks. Then, why Greece is not called Macedonia, but Greece? As a child of a refugee from Greek civil war (my mother was born in Lerin, new greek name Florina), i know the truth about hate of Greeks towards Macedonians. So stop be so stupid, read something else, not just your propaganda. And first of all, to all Arabians from the lend below, check y0ur DNA - most of you are Turks, and the rest are Albanians, and on the north of your country are Macedonians... And for the end... why the Hellenes didn't let Phillip to participate on the Olympics??? Because he was Macedonian (this is also in the books) Have a nice day !
    1. konga posted on 11/02/2013 09:34 AM
      @Bobby Greece is not called Macedonia, because Macedonia is a geographical region of Greece. Greece includes Thrace, Macedonia, Thessaly, Epirus, Central Greece, Peloponnese, Aegean Islands, Ionian Islands and Crete. That's why..

      The only Macedonians are the Greek citizens who live in this Greek geographical region. People from Thessaloniki, Florina, Serres, Katerini, Kavala, Drama, Pella (the place where Alexander the Great was born) etc.
    2. dani posted on 11/02/2013 12:17 PM
      @Bobby Bravo Bobby, so true....and i still can't understand why Greece is blind and dont want to accept the truth,hmm? maybe the reason is the exodus????
  24. andy posted on 11/02/2013 10:02 AM
    There isn't any Macedonian ethnicity, as it was written before Macedonia is geographical place in Greece. These people in this Slavic country (which Tito used to mention as "the garbage of Yugoslavia") are a mix of Greek refugees from Greek civil war, Bulgarians (and since 1990 Albanians). This Slavic country is the only former Yugoslavian country with no history. Serbia has a great history through the times, Montenegro the same, Croatia also etc. Only this area hadn't it's own history, so they in the meeting of Jajce back in 1943 they decided to steal history from Greece..
    1. dani posted on 11/02/2013 12:20 PM
      @andy read this Andy:
      Macedonia (which name means land of high mountains, and somebody thinks that it means The mother of the world). The name Macedonia belongs only to Macedonians, not Greeks. Then, why Greece is not called Macedonia, but Greece? As a child of a refugee from Greek civil war (my mother was born in Lerin, new greek name Florina), i know the truth about hate of Greeks towards Macedonians. So stop be so stupid, read something else, not just your propaganda. And first of all, to all Arabians from the lend below, check y0ur DNA - most of you are Turks, and the rest are Albanians, and on the north of your country are Macedonians... And for the end... why the Hellenes didn't let Phillip to participate on the Olympics??? Because he was Macedonian (this is also in the books)
  25. A Macedonian Macedonian posted on 11/02/2013 10:23 AM
    Everything was great about the article except for the false Greek-inspired comment that Macedonia was a Greek name. Macedonia has always been a separate entity even in ancient times. In fact Alexander defeated the Hellenes on many occasions including the Battle of Heroneya. Many ancient Greek historians make a clear distinction between Macedonians and Hellenes. As for basketball and as a proud Macedonian, every Macedonian is proud of you Pero!!!
    1. Antonios posted on 11/04/2013 08:01 AM
      @A Macedonian Macedonian Even if Macedonia was a seperate entity in ancient times, it is still not related to your ethnic group which came in the Balkan region along with the Bulgarians in 700 AD; that is 1000 years after Alexander died... It is hence historically incorrect to trace your roots back to Alexander the Great or ancient Macedonia...
  26. aa posted on 11/02/2013 10:31 AM
    Everybody knows that that the name "Macedonia" for this Slavic place was just a Tito's discovery at mid 40's. It is also truth that many people forced to go there at the beginning of the Greek civil war by the communist army (because Yugoslavia was also communist back then so it would be a "safer" place for them). When the civil war ended (with a great loss of the communists) most of these betrayers denied to return to Greece and be Greek citizens, because the Greek communist party agreed with the directive and propaganda of the Yugoslavian communist party who had discovered "Macedonian" ethnicity. That's the story.
    1. dani posted on 11/02/2013 12:22 PM
      @aa Macedonia (which name means land of high mountains, and somebody thinks that it means The mother of the world). The name Macedonia belongs only to Macedonians, not Greeks. Then, why Greece is not called Macedonia, but Greece? As a child of a refugee from Greek civil war (my mother was born in Lerin, new greek name Florina), i know the truth about hate of Greeks towards Macedonians. So stop be so stupid, read something else, not just your propaganda. And first of all, to all Arabians from the lend below, check y0ur DNA - most of you are Turks, and the rest are Albanians, and on the north of your country are Macedonians... And for the end... why the Hellenes didn't let Phillip to participate on the Olympics??? Because he was Macedonian (this is also in the books)
  27. A Macedonian Macedonian posted on 11/02/2013 11:18 AM
    Methinks Joe Jablonski Konga Salvatore Norbert Schmidt George_Sachs Jeremy Jameson Josheph Williams Dusa is one in the same. The same person. And his/her ethnicity is "Greek" It's so obvious. Go back and read the posts and you'll see what I mean.
  28. kj32 posted on 11/02/2013 11:29 AM
    These silly people from FYROM apart from learning the propaganda that they are descendants of Alexander the Great, they must be also learning that they are descendants of Hercule Poirot and Detective Clause. They are living in the own small world.
    1. dani posted on 11/02/2013 12:23 PM
      @kj32 Macedonia (which name means land of high mountains, and somebody thinks that it means The mother of the world). The name Macedonia belongs only to Macedonians, not Greeks. Then, why Greece is not called Macedonia, but Greece? As a child of a refugee from Greek civil war (my mother was born in Lerin, new greek name Florina), i know the truth about hate of Greeks towards Macedonians. So stop be so stupid, read something else, not just your propaganda. And first of all, to all Arabians from the lend below, check y0ur DNA - most of you are Turks, and the rest are Albanians, and on the north of your country are Macedonians... And for the end... why the Hellenes didn't let Phillip to participate on the Olympics??? Because he was Macedonian (this is also in the books)
  29. Republic of Macedonia posted on 11/02/2013 11:34 AM
    It must be very frustrating to be Greek and to react on every mentioning the word MACEDONIA in the Milky way Galaxy
    1. Antonios posted on 11/05/2013 07:28 AM
      @Republic of Macedonia Apparently you are from another galaxy guys when you think it is legitimate to steal the historical heritage of Greece and other countries (it is a joke that you try to trace your roots back to Alexander the Great, Aristotle and ancient Macedonia). I understand that you are a poor country and that you try to unify your people on the ground of "common" history but this is completely fake and it will not work eventually. If you want your country to grow in a civilized and healthy environment in Europe you first need to identify who you really are and what is your background. It is not a bad thing to have Slavic roots...
  30. Eaftomou Krymmeno posted on 11/02/2013 11:44 AM
  31. Republic of Macedonia posted on 11/02/2013 12:01 PM
    CNN in Macedonia:
  32. xtc posted on 11/02/2013 12:22 PM
    What about Bo McCalebb, is he a descendant of Alexander the Great too?
    1. John posted on 12/18/2013 09:26 AM
      @xtc @xtc Bo McCalebb is a descendant of Alexander the same way Sofoklis Schortsanitis is. Double standards you have, I see
  33. dani posted on 11/02/2013 12:33 PM
    BRAVOOOOO ANTICCCCCC !!!! SE Gordeeme so tebe! Odlicno intervju!
    Brawo our Macedonian Boy ! You are our proud!!!
  34. Gj posted on 11/02/2013 01:11 PM
    Bravo Pero Anticccc! We all proud with you. Macedonia wish you the best!
  35. dejan posted on 11/02/2013 04:18 PM
    "one player from FYROM playing for the Hawks for the first time" is the right..
  36. ak47 posted on 11/02/2013 04:35 PM
    Mr Antic while he was playing in Greece didn't say a word about being "Macedonian" and all these propagandic stuff. Typical chicken from FYROM..
  37. skyclad posted on 11/02/2013 04:48 PM
    The people who wrote the history books in the the Republic of Vardar must have Joseph Goebbels as their idol..
  38. Maria Repousi posted on 11/02/2013 04:53 PM
    Cmon people, get serious everybody, Macedonia is Greek, everybody knows that..
  39. Igor posted on 11/02/2013 05:50 PM
    The funny thing is that all these guys from Vardarska Banovina believe that they are trully Macedonians. They are just a Bulgarian minority and nothing more. Sorry guys, but that's the truth, don't get so sad..
  40. sutapanaki posted on 11/02/2013 06:12 PM
    Too many "Macedonians" jump here eager to show their great knowledge of history or rather their knowledge of history as taught in FYROM. History which is turned into official propaganda in that country, which is well known throughout the world to be based on falsifying and fabricating facts. Antic (his name sounds more like Serbian, then true Macedonian, but that's a minor hindrance ) is right in one thing - FYROM is a new country, came into being after the disintegration of Yugoslavia. And that's why history is such a big deal there - it has to be, they want to prove somehow their existence, their origins in antiquity - well the fact that there's nothing to support those claims is just a small thing, they can always come up with something - be it stolen from Greece or from Bulgaria or cooked up in their "Academy" of "Science".
    Well, Romans called that geographical region Macedonia, Byzantines called it Bulgaria. Until 1945 Macedonia was no more than a name of a geographical region on the Balkans and still is, irrespective of the fact that FYROM wants to usurp the name for their own use. Irrespective of the fact also that their own professor-archeologist from Skopje, who did extensive excavations throughout FYROM proved that the people there has nothing to do with ancient Macedonians. Despite the facts that Alexander the Great went to conquer the known world spreading Hellenism. Despite the genealogy that proves Macedonians to be of the same breed as Bulgarians and speak a dialect of Bulgarian (in FYROM they like to cite the research of IGENEA, that they are ancient but everyone who knows a bit about that can tell you it's just a propaganda). There is much to be told about people who don't respect their past, who cut their roots, who turn the bones of their revolutionaries to make them look like true Macedonians and disregard the fact that they fought for the liberation of the Bulgarian population of Macedonia from the Turks. Todays FYROMians are people who desecrate their temples and churches, scratching out signs pointing to their Bulgarian heritage and substituting them with the fake "Macedonian". They are the ones who prosecute the few remaining individuals who know the past and respect the roots.
    If Greece was created by Europe and Russia, then it is well known that Macedonia after the WW2 was created by a decree of the Comintern (Communist International). That country is a communist experiment, one of the few that succeeded in splitting up peoples and creating an artificial nation.
  41. Stojan posted on 11/02/2013 06:31 PM
    It has to be mentioned that in 2001 there was a civil war in FYROM between Albanians and Bulgarians that lasted a lot of months and ended with the Ohrid Agreement (13/08/2001). After that war the efforts of the FYROM's government to steal Greek history have been maximized. The reason is so obvious, they had to discover a kind of history in order to get an national identity, otherwise the danger for this country to split up in two divisions was very big.
  42. Velimir posted on 11/02/2013 07:01 PM
    The best proposal was made by Slobodan Milošević in early 90's. Division of FYROM in four parts: the northern part was supposed to be given to Srbija, a small western part to Kosovarians, the eastern part to Bulgaria and the southern part to Greece.
  43. Monkeydonians posted on 11/03/2013 03:57 AM
    Macedonia is Hellenic, Alexander the Great was speaking ONLY the Hellenic language, not any slavic language!
    All excavations in FYROM are written in Hellenic(/Greek) language, there in not even one ancient script in any slavic language.
    So, Alexander and Macedonia belongs to Hellas(/Greece), you can call your albanoslavic nation "Monkeydonia" if you like, fits perfect to you!!
  44. Vasilj posted on 11/03/2013 04:48 AM
    FYROM is a "country" with full of minorities. In Monastiri (the FYROMians call it Bitola) and Ohrida live a lot of Greek people, in Strumica the population is 100% Bulgarian, in Tetovo there are 50% Serbians-50% Albanians, in Kumanovo all of them are Serbians... It's a matter of time that this "country' passes to history.
  45. Monkeydonia posted on 11/03/2013 05:16 AM
    To ALL Monkeydonians, if you bring even just one ancient monument or script from your land in the language that you are speaking right now,
    the whole world will recognize you as descendents of Alexander the Great.
    Just ask yourselves, if you can ofcourse cuz this needs a brain, if Alexander was alive today, could he understand you in a hypothetical conversation with you,
    or he could understand ONLY the Greeks?
    (BTW, it's not Greece, it's Hellas!)
  46. 300 posted on 11/03/2013 05:44 AM
    King Leonidas was also an AlbanoBulgarian gypsy man from Skopje!
    His real name was "Kingic Leonidov", you can read the official propaganda papers in the National Monkeydonian Library.
  47. Kiro Gligorov posted on 11/03/2013 06:40 AM
    youtube /watch?v=fyYa3AMtXr4
  48. New Mexico posted on 11/03/2013 07:21 AM
    Is like saying that a white Caucasian citizen of Albuquerque, New Mexico with blue eyes and blond hair is a native Mexican, a descendant of Aztec civilization!
    Is like saying that author Lichtenstein is a native Indian American, and not a Jewish-German origin (Licht=light and stein=rock)...
    Same with this joke fake "country"!!
  49. Stavros Kostopoulos posted on 11/03/2013 10:52 AM
    History of Macedonia
    George Rawlinson M.A, Canon of Canterbury and Camden Professor of Ancient history at the University of Oxford
    Ancient History of Chaldaea, Assyria, Media, Babylonia, Lydia, Phoenicia, Syria, Judaea, Egypt, Carthage, Persia, Greece, Macedonia, Parthia, and Rome., The Colonial Press, New York, 1899.

    PART I (ca. B.C. 700 to B.C. 323)

    From the Commencement of the Monarchy to the Death of Alexander the Great

    According to the tradition generally accepted by the Greeks, the Macedonian kingdom, which under Philip and Alexander attained to such extraordinary greatness, was founded by Hellenic emigrants from Argos. The Macedonians themselves were not Hellenes; they belonged to the barbaric races, not greatly differing from the Greeks in ethnic type, but far behind them in civilization, which bordered Hellas upon the north. They were a distinct race, not Paeonian, not Illyrian, not Thracian; but, of the three, their connection was closest with the Illyrians. The Argive colony, received hospitably, gradually acquired power in the region about Mount Bermius; and Perdiccas, one of the original emigrants, was (according to Herodotus) acknowledged as king. (Other writers mentioned three kings anterior to Perdiccas, whose joint reigns covered the space of about a century.) The period which follows is one of great obscurity, little being known of it but the names of the kings (p.164-165)
    1. Joe Jablonski posted on 11/03/2013 11:30 AM
      @Stavros Kostopoulos
  50. Makedonikus posted on 11/03/2013 11:29 AM
    This are the greeks :D
  51. Steve Harris posted on 11/03/2013 11:40 AM
    Macedonia is Hellenic, sorry FYROMians..

    Near to the east
    In a part of ancient greece
    In an ancient land called macedonia..
  52. Ljubco Georgievski posted on 11/03/2013 12:09 PM
  53. Nikolai posted on 11/03/2013 12:21 PM
    This is FYROM:

    In 4 years the number of FYROM’s citizens with Bulgarian citizenship might exceed 25 % of the population according to tourist agencies.
    Tourist agencies’ data show that the number of demands for Bulgarian passports has increased by 40% compared to the ones from last year.
    FYROM’s city of Prilep might be considered really soon as an emigration city. At least 10 applications for Bulgarian passports are submitted there in daily basis.
    Most of FYROM’s young people except from wishing to embrace their real roots in the neighbouring country, they also want to use the right to work in the EU, something that the Bulgarian passport offers.
    Thus far, around 100,000 FYROM’s citizens have Bulgarian citizenships. The Bulgarian Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin recently increased the demands for rights of the Bulgarian minority in FYROM.

    Read more
  54. Cyril and Methodius posted on 11/03/2013 01:13 PM
    We have to admit that we weren't born in capital city of province Macedonia in Northern Greece, thus we are not Greeks!
    We were born in a suburb of Skopje, in a small apartment of those typical communist buildings, so we are real "Macedonians",
    you can find our true biography in the National Monkeydonian Library, in the "Joseph Goebbels" section.
  55. Macedon Greece posted on 11/03/2013 04:33 PM
    Quote; "Macedonian, after all, comes from the ancient Greek word Makedones—“the tall ones.”

    This sais it all. How can the word "Macedonian" comes from an ancient Greek word & not a Slavic word???
  56. MarkoMkd posted on 11/04/2013 04:55 PM
    The comment section is as stupid as it can get. If you really think that any nation has a clear bloodline coming from Alexander, you are terribly wrong. Many nations and tribes have gone through the Balkans and obviously, they had SEX with the population here. If you look at the corpses from the ancient Greece and Macedonia you will find that the people were tall and blonde. This is not the case in neither of Greece nor Macedonia.
    This is the same as saying that Italians are direct descendents from the Roman Empire (who were also tall people). However nowadays Italians are short. Why? Because it was invaded many many times by many tribes who ended up having sex there. End of the story.

    Stop arguing for history, it has NO POINT AT ALL. The clever politicians are just using it to turn you away from the real problems.
  57. hr posted on 11/05/2013 02:52 AM
    In 1982 all the people which had left (or were forced to leave by the communist army) during the Greek civil (1946-1949) war could return to Greece only with one condition, signing a statement that they are Greeks by gender. But living for over 30 years daily with the communist propagnada, most of them they denied, discovering their "Macedonian" identity. The same people that 30 years before were saying "I am Greek", in the 80's were saying "I am Macedonian".. and of course their children (people who were born after 1980) were born and were teached with the same propaganda.. The denied their own country and now these people and their descendants are turned against the country their parents were born. In one word: BETRAYERS..
  58. Vojdan posted on 11/05/2013 03:07 AM
    FYROMians are 1/3 Bulgarians, 1/3 Albanians + 1/3 political refugees from Grrece.. and all of them together are claiming that they are "Macedonians".. Pretty funny..
  59. Damjan posted on 11/05/2013 03:16 AM
    The name for this place during the ages was Old Serbia, South Serbia, Vardarska Banovina but never Macedonia.. Macedonia is in north Greece..
  60. DIMITRIUS posted on 11/12/2013 04:36 AM
    YES ... AND THE BEATLES ARE FROM BITOLA!! Amazing people your country are causing laughter to the intire Hystorical Society!!! Everybody is laughing with your people!!! Funny fyromians!!!Very fynny!!
    What I'd like to know is if there is any actual hard evidence of ancient Macedonian writting, that can be directly linked to that of the modern slavic language? That would be interesting... What I've seen so far is only greek!!!
    Macedonia was part of Greece outside Greece just like Samos and the rest. So, Alexander the great was a Greek. If he was not a greek, how come he embarked on Hellenism( export of greek culture to the rest of the world)?
    It should be noted that there is NO CONNECTION between the ancient Macedonians of Alexander the Great who were ethnically and racially a Greek tribe, ......and the modern so-called 'macedonians' of today of the 'Republic of Macedonia' [FYROM], who are of Slavic origin and related to Serbs and Bulgarians.
    Arguments like: He killed greeks how can he be greek are absolutely rediculous. Atheneans killed spartans and spartans killed atheneans in wars because they were considered "different states" but whan you define their ethnicity they were both definetely greek as were the thracians etc etc. Same with macedonia at that time. They spoke greek, Alecxander studied under greek teachers.If you wanna call Alexander a macedonian and not a greek you're implying that there was a nation back then described as macedonians which is historically innaccurate. All non Greeks were barbarians according to greeks and Alexander truly wasn't one of em. So he was a macedonian but no relation to republic of macedonia.If you debate ethnicity by how the borders look today,you have no place in historic debates. It is like saying that General Lee killed he is not american..the same coyld be sayed for Ul. S. Grand....
    As i Have sayed earlier....Fynny...Historicaly Uneducated ...
    "Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity". - Aristotle
    "Wit is educated insolence". - Aristotle
    1. Catherine posted on 12/18/2013 03:54 PM
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