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Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Apr 22, 2009 at 19:11

Johnny wrote :

> Greeks enslaved almost the whole population of Egypt, humans were seen as war loot. <

Perhaps you happened to hear the name Naucratis ? It is the Greek colony founded by Pharaoh Psammetichus I - a great friend of Hellenes - for his Greek and Carian mercenaries that saved him from the Assyrians and help found the last independent Egyptian Dynasty - the 26th dynasty. From your sweeping remarks below I bet you never heard of , let alone read , Herodotus. Who does nowadays anyway?

Prior to Alexander's conquest the Egyptians were engaged in never ending, but seldom successful rebellions against the Persian rule. They welcomed the Greeks and recongized them as legitimate masters as the Siva oracle story shows. The Greek became the ruling caste in Egypt just as the Persians were before. But unlike under the Persian or Assyrian or later Arab rules the Egyptians in Ptolemaic times never rebelled against the Greeks whom they didn't see as ruthless oppressors. On the contrary, they benefited a lot from Greek religious tolerance and superior civilization. Manetho is a good example of a Hellenized Egyptian priest while the spread of the Isis cult was across the Greco-Roman world shows interest and reception of ideas coming from the legends of the lands of pharoahs. So don't construe atrocity stories and genocides where they didn't happen. I'd advise you to take a closer look rather at the plight and slow demise of the Copts (genuine Egyptians) under the yoke of oppressive Islam.

>E.g. in Theben Alexander enslaved the whole population including women and children.<

E.g. ? Don't mix up things! Alexander of Macedon never saw Egptian Thebes - "Thebes of a hundred gates' (hekatonpylai Thebai). He sojourned only in Lower Egypt and his longest trip was to the Sivas Oasis where he allegedly was recognized by the Egyptian priests as Amon's son.

What you are referring to is Thebes of Boeotia in Greece (Theben von Boeotien) or "Seven-Gated Thebes" (heptapylai Thebai ). In 338 Philipp and his son Alexander crushed the Thebans and Athenians at Cheroneia. In 335 after the death of Philipp Thebes seduced by false rumours and hopes rebelled against the Macedonians. Alexander punished them severely as you correctly describe. But he spared the house of the poet Pindar whom he admired. Ever heard of Pindar ?

> Manpower of slaves were absolutely significant for the Greek economy.<

So although you don't distinguish so well between Egyptian and Boeotian Thebes , you know so much about ancient economic history? It's interesting what else you can reveal ? Ich warte mit Ungeduld auf deine Offenbarungen, mein lieber Freund !

> Greece never was the cradle of European civilization. <

No, it was Arabia and Turkestan from where your Moslem friends' barbarian ancestors invaded Asia Minor and the Balkans that invented philosophy , science and freedom, wasn't it ?

Whom shall I congratulate on brainwashing and fooling you to such a lamentable degree , Herr Radikalinsky ? ... Kemal ? Mohammed ibn Abdullah ? Deinen 'besserwissenden' Geschichtslehrer ?


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