are not to be amazed that in the archaeological material of Pelagonia we
great wealth of reflections of all pronounced cultural events in relations
between middle-Danubian and GRAECO-AEGEAN world'
Mikulcic,Ivan "Pelagonija",Skopje 1966, pp.2
such great chronological distance in the life of ancient Pelagonia two stages
development and existence in the frames of HELLENIC culture and later Roman
lower part of Vardar is certainly area south of Demir-Kapija gorge that
entered HELLENIC cultural sphere very early and already before 600 b.c.
the material culture is thoroughly HELLENISED.'
"The Valley of Vardar in Ist millennium b.c",Skopje
in the last decades of 5th century stabilization in all spheres of social
life is established. As first sign of new time the import from GRAECO-MACEDONIAN
south appeared as well as fortified settlements that later grew into urban
centers with character of economic and religious nuclei of the region'
"Guide to the archaeological exhibition",Skopje,1996,pp.54
of them display certain particularities in their cultural development which
are best illustrated by burial customs. For example,Pelagonia,which is naturally
oriented to the South, was the first to be subject to GREEK influence, together
with the lower part of Vardar'
"Archaeologic Map of Republic of Macedonia",Skopje,1996,pp.71
the mountains of Epirus DORIAN Makednoi (Macedonians) make their advance
towards Macedonia, conquering native tribes who latter gained new, Hellenistic
culture and after that are politically organized into powerful state'
"The Art in Macedonia"Skopje,1984 pp.26
who during the first millennia b.c inhabited border area between three great
paleobalkanic peoples-Illyrians, Thracians and HELLENES..'
"An Attempt at Anthropological Definition of the Paeonians",Skopje,1994
proto-populations occupying distinct areas of the Balkans could be distinguished
on the territories of the cultural groups :in western part of the Balkans
the proto-Illyrians, in the east the proto Thracians, in the south the HELLENES, in
the northern part of the Balkans the proto Daco-Mysians and in the southwest
of the Central Balkans the proto Bryges.'
"Bryges on the central Balkans in the
2nd and 1st millennium b.c." (summary)
"Arheologija" No 1,Skopje
the end of Iron Age III, i.e. with the total HELLENISATION of the material
culture,the prehistory of Macedonia ends.'
Sanev,Vojislav "Prehistory of S.R. Macedonia",Skopje
Art of Antiquity left in the region of Ohrid a great number of traces of
its own presence.Illyrian forts imported goods from Greek centers and imitated
them in a modest fashion. Political advancement of the Macedonians and their
domination enabled cultural influx that manifested itself through products
of crafts and alphabet. From the times of Phillip II deeper advances in the
area of Lychnidos are attested.Cultural influences of the GRAECO-MACEDONIAN
world are more present.Rich HELLENISTIC culture arrived at Illyrian soil"
"Ohrid" by Vera Bitrakova-Grozdanova ,in:"The
Art in Macedonia" ,Skopje 1984, pp.85
the increase of influences from developed cultured south and with the acceptation
of HELLENIC influences over Paeonia,which already in the V and IV centuries
b.c.have committed great changes in the Paeonian culture, usage of Greek
Pantheon was also accepted"
and symbolism of Paeonian tribes compared with the Illyrian and Thracian
"Macedoniae Acta Archeologica",Skopje
"Having the central position
in this part of the Balkans,Paeonia,apart from receiving influences from
the HELLENIC south, wasn't an exception with regard to influences from Illyrian
and Thracian sphere"
epigraphic monuments created before definitive Roman domination of our area
are to be found in modest quantity"
Bitrakova Grozdanova,Vera "Hellenistic
Monuments in S.R.Macedonia",Skopje,1987,pp. 130
of the inscriptions speaks about epigraphic characteristics of the neighboring
the early arhaic period at the Macedonian territory,the DORIAN tribal groups
came across over the Pindos mountain,to the area of today's North-Western
Greece and parts of the southern Republic of Macedonia.They established several
early principalities partially by chasing away the local Paeonian tribes.Those
tribal groups were the ancient Macedonians"
13)"The northern periphery of GREEK world, inhabited with ancient Macedonians and other peoples and tribes, wasn't developed for democracy as the most developed social system at that time"
Mikulcic,Ivan "Ancient towns in the Republic of Macedonia",Skopje,1999,pp.9
"Our overview was exposed chronologically. The first part embraces the early antiquity in our country, the period from 5th century b.c. up to the middle 3rd century b.c.. Throughout this centuries one can follow the HELLENIC spirit and the creation of the HELLENIC civilization in our areas, which left a basic imprint on the material artifacts"