Alexander – the great Macedonian

From Ms Joyce Ann MacCafferty.

Sir, I read with interest the article on Macedonia in the Financial Times of September 13 “Mood stays buoyant in spite of ethnic stress” (Republic of Macedonia, Special Report). But I was puzzled and amused by the reaction of the Greek government official who saw the building in Skopje of a statue of Alexander as a “deliberately provocative usurping of Greek identity, history and culture”.

Why shouldn’t the Macedonians commemorate Alexander if they want to? He was Macedonian, son of a Macedonian father on whose achievements he built his own success, and a mother from Epirus.

Joyce Ann MacCafferty, Parma, Italy

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