For more than 1,000 years Macedonians were part and parcel of the Greek Byzantine Empire, which shaped their culture and language. Whenever barbarian hordes invaded, Macedonia was protected by the mainly Greek emperors in Constantinople, and it was from Greek patriarchs that Slavic Macedonians received their Christian Orthodoxy.
Thus the Greeks seem to be justified now in defending what to them is a cultural and political heritage of many centuries.
N. C. CUMMINS
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