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The origins of the Macedonians
The founding of the kingdom
Explanatory myths

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Head of Herakles
Head of Herakles from a tomb at Derveni, ornament from some piece of gold jewellery, second half of 4th century BC, Thessaloniki, Archaeological Museum.

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Head of Herakles
Derveni, second half
of 4th century BC

The ancient Macedonians shared the same great mythical cycles as the rest of the Greeks, as proved by the instances of pictorial art constantly coming to light. Very few of the strictly native Macedonian myths have survived, and these are principally concerned with the origins of the people of Macedonia and the royal house, or the legendary deeds of the first mythical kings. A further series of myths are explanatory in nature, and aim at giving interpretations to Macedonian customs.

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Civilization - Religion in Antiquity

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