Talk:Human Legacy Course/Classical Greece (2100 BC - 150 BC)

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Two IP addresses have been active removing references to Alexander the Great, not really explained, but elsewhere these address have been removing reference to Alexander as "Greek." Alexander was a Macedonian king, there is no doubt. It is also true that this course is about w:classical Greece, a period which properly precedes the time of Alexander; however, classical Greek culture, and, most notably, Greek language, was spread by Alexander. Whether Macedonia can be described as a "Greek kingdom" could be a matter of controversy, which I would personally resolve by considering the language spoken there. I was unable to find good information on this, but the indications are that Greek was spoken, and that what is now known as w:Macedonian (language) is later, a Slavic language.

The IPs are welcome to create resources here on Macedon and Macedonia and the language, and Alexander the Great, to study these issues, and may also study the modern disputes, if civility and neutrality policies are followed. Registering an account is highly recommended, because it then becomes possible to specifically discuss neutrality and other issues with a known user. The IPs have now been blocked for this activity on Commons, en.Wikiquote, and en.Wikipedia, and may be globally blocked at any time (they were globally blocked for a week, ending a few days ago when the block expired and they began immediately revert warring again).

In any case, this resource is about classical Greece and the reference was to the spread and impact of Greek culture, and there is no doubt that Alexander accomplished that. That the Christian New Testament was written in Greek, for example, was a result. It was not written in Macedonian, a later language, apparently. It is likely that there was a Macedonian dialect of Greek, spoken in the ancient kingdom of Macedonia. All this could be studied. Revert warring to remove references to Alexander, here, is useless and disruptive, with no educational purpose. I have clarified the reference to make it explicit that Alexander was Macedonian, because that's certainly known and harmless, as to his origin with the ancient kingdom, which overlapped what is today's nation, Macedonia. --Abd (discusscontribs) 15:18, 20 March 2015 (UTC)Reply