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Old 07-17-2009, 04:35 AM   #8
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It does explain itself, so long as the proper context is taken into consideration. This is the key to cutting through the fog created by modern Greeks during the last 200 years, the situation is only as complicated as one makes it.

Peter Green's take on it is quite sober and objective, his opinion can hardly be refuted by modern Greeks and philhellenic scholars, there can be no doubt that the only thing that Isocrates had achieved was that he unwittingly, supplied him with the propaganda-line he needed. From now on he merely had to clothe his Macedonian ambitions in a suitable Panhellenic dress......

The poor fool gave Phillip the perfect idea for subjugating the Hellenes, which was taken advantage of by the Macedonians, to the fullest extent. History is full of Macedonian battles against the Hellenes, Isocrates would have died 10 times over had he known about all of the other Macedonian victories against the Hellenes in subsequent years. I guess he was as naive as modern Greeks are today about what the Macedonian kings represented.
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