GREECE: Alexander the Great's mother


Jon Kofas from Greece says:Alexander's mother could not have been Albanian, simply because Albania did not exist. By the 6th century B.C. the Illyrian coast was already under Greek colonial control and the area known as Albania today was actually part of the Hellenized world which the Illyrians resisted. Skhodra was the capital of ancient Illyria. If Alexander's mother was indeed Illyrian, she was an exceptional woman, because Illyrians did not assimilate into the dominant Greek culture.Finally, we must remember that the ancient people did not have the same views that we have about race and ethnicity. RH: The detailed index of the National Geographic Atlas does not list Skhodra:  If it still exists, it must have another name.
        

Speaking of the times of Alexander the Great, Jon Kofas said: Albania did not exist. By the 6th century B.C. the Illyrian coast was already under Greek colonial control and the area known as Albania today was actually part of the Hellenized world which the Illyrians resisted. Skhodra was the capital of ancient Illyria. Armend Reka comments: In the 6th century BC a political concept Albania might not have existed, but an Illyrian tribe named Albanoi inhabited what is Albania proper today, thus giving their name to the Albanian nation that emerged following the great invasions in the 7th century AD. As for the Epyrots, it is generally acknowledged that they were of Illyrian stock. though Hellenic cultural influence in this area is uncontestable. As for the capital of the ancient Illyrian kingdom led by Agron and Teuta, it was based in a strategical location today called Risan in present-day Montenegro. RH: Risan is a small town on a bay of the Adriatic.  An English source said that King Agron established his capital at Shkoder, which is the spelling  given in western atlases, not Skhodra. It is in the north of Albania, on a lake which Albania shares with Montenegro. The history of the period is very confused.

Ronald Hilton 2004

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