SCHOLARS MEETING IN BITOLA ON KING PERSEUS, THE LAST MACEDONIAN KING
Macedonian Scholar Association and Macedonian-Italian Friendship Association in Bitola are organizing a scientific meeting on Perseus, the last King of Ancient Macedonia. The meeting is expected to see home and foreign scholars, historians and others taking part with scientific studies on parts of history and archaeology related to Perseus.
The necessity to organize such a meeting, the organizers say, is multifold. Above all, there is the need to shed light on the reasons for the break-up of the Macedonian Empire, the consequences of discontinuation of Macedonians’ traditions and further shaping the ethnicities in the area of Ancient Macedonia as well as explaining the economic, political, social and cultural consequences of the empire’s break-up.
The material sent to scientific institutions states that Perseus’ defeat by the Roman Republic in the Third Macedonian-Roman War (168 B.C.) resulted in definitive destruction of one of the largest empires in the world history, the Macedonian Empire. That could be seen as the end of Alexander the Great’s endeavour to create a global empire – as a cultural and economic community of people. The fall of the Macedonian Empire opened a process of establishing another empire – the Roman Empire. Following that war, the Macedonian Monarchy was transformed into a republic. The Kingdom was divided in four separate republics and their respective people were banned from any communication and cooperation. The process of complete tearing of the Macedonian tissue thus started.
Bitola scholars who have worked on shedding light to Perseus’ life for a while, have discovered hat his final retreat was a town at the place of the present-day village of Crnobuki, on the right side of the Bitola-Demir Hisar road. Many archaeological items have been found there. However, a delegation of archaeologists and town representatives visited recently the site of Alba Fucens, 100 km. to the east of Rome where the tomb of Perseus is located. Contacts with scholar associations there were made with the aim to arrange the surroundings of the tomb and make it available to visitors and those having interest. The meeting on Perseus is expected to shed light on other moments of his life, as well as that of Ancient Macedonians in these areas.
MD: This is very interesting, it all started when Italian and Macedonian archeologists, discovered Perseus tomb in 2005, along the Via Valeria near Magliano de' Marsi (Aquila) in Italy. It's especially great because the Italians invited Macedonian archeologists to help and research instead of calling Greeks.