Ancient Macedonians

The ancient Macedonians emigrated from perhaps the 12th century BC, during the so-called Dorian invasion in the region of Macedonia in. They spoke an Indo-European language ( cf. Macedonian language ).

Over the centuries, especially after the conquest of Greece by Philip II and Alexander the Great, the culturally quite distinct Macedonians were always more Hellenized and were completely assimilated later than under Roman rule.