Was Greek the ‘Linqua franca’ of ancient times prior to Alexander?

FYROM Claim:


Greek was the international language (Linqua Franca) of Ancient times thus it was adopted from Philip and Alexander like Latin and English much later.While Alexander the Great spoke Macedonian to his comrades and Macedonian brothers he spoke Greek to Asians, Greek people and the rest of the world

Fact: Greek was not the “lingua franca” during the reign of Philip II and Alexander III. In fact, it became so later because of the conquests of Alexander and the many colonies he founded that dispersed the Greek culture and language around the world of Eastern Mediterranean. During the time of Philip and the beginning of the conquests of Alexander, if there was a lingua franca, that was Persian, not Greek. In fact, after Alexander, despite the wide adoption of Greek, native languages survived and thrived and Hellenistic kingdoms erected multiple multilingual inscriptions.

To demonstrate it clearly…

Prior to Philip and Alexander,

Did Illyrians speak Greek??? NO

Did Paeonians speak Greek? NO

Did Persians speak Greek? NO

Did Egyptians speak Greek? NO

Did the bulk of Thracians speak Greek? NO

Did the Carthaginians speak Greek? NO

Did the Romans speak Greek? NO

Did Dardanians speak Greek? NO

Did Indians speak Greek? NO

Did Macedonians speak Greek? YES

From all the multilingual inscriptions found, none contained the “phantom Macedonian language”. Extennsive escavations in Macedonia in hundreds of sites, private cemeteries, religious temples have not uncovered any other language than Greek and in fact, they established the fact that the Macedonian dialect was a North-West Greek dialect.

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