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    Preview: Upcoming Ancient Greek Transect (Mesolithic to Medieval) from Biomuse.

    Thessaly used to have vast lakes even until recently. No doubt such a fertile territory must have attracted populations. These populations may have flurished there in the Early Bronze Age. And no doubt that indigenous people inhabited the area when the indo-European speakers arrived. It is...
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    Preview: Upcoming Ancient Greek Transect (Mesolithic to Medieval) from Biomuse.

    I wonder if the Dorians most of all brought more Ancient Anatolian ancenstral elements into Greece. Or that North Greece had more Anatolian influx to begin with. After all, one can simply travel to Anatolia by foot. The Dardanelles and the Bosporus are no serious physical boundaries. Cypriots...
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    Preview: Upcoming Ancient Greek Transect (Mesolithic to Medieval) from Biomuse.

    Looked at that Biomuse chart as well. Mostly similar results as the one I outlined. Just that the specimens are not just from Thessalonica, but also other parts of Macedonia and Epirus. The core is Mycenaean, but with some more genetic variety than the Bronze Age Mycenaeans. A few have a little...
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    Preview: Upcoming Ancient Greek Transect (Mesolithic to Medieval) from Biomuse.

    I can transcribe the following parts of the text: PCA: Thessaloniki already from the foundations has high genetic variety. During the Roman period a shift towards Central-Northern Europe is observed, whereby after the fall of Rome and the emergence of the Byzantine Empire, new clusters appear...
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    Preview: Upcoming Ancient Greek Transect (Mesolithic to Medieval) from Biomuse.

    It's the same autosomal map we see in most researches. It's becoming recognizable. If you download it you can also read the text (most of it). Once again, it's clear that there is an Aegean (Mycenaen-like) population at its core. And that there are specimens which in the Roman era pull towards...
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    The genetic history of the Southern Arc-Lazaridis et al

    You are missing the point. Macedonian samples are only Macedonian until we have Macedonian samples and not Paeonian. Furthermore, the Paeonian samples which are compared to Mycenaeans are from a different period of time as well. On that note, the differences between Paeonians and Bronze Age...
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    What is the greatest empire ever existed?

    Someone made a good point. The Persian empire is not on the list. Definitely one of the greatest empires ever. I would argue that the greates empire had nothing to do with extent, but the heritage it left behind for humanity. So I would narrow the list of the greatest empires to the Roman...
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    Ancient DNA of Roman Danubian Frontier and Slavic Migrations (Olalde 2021)

    All this reminds me of the map of Cavalli Sforza which was made in the late 80s. He noticed a cline of genes around Greece. Now we know that IA Balkanians were similar to them. It seems that the people around Greece were genetically similar to Greeks. And you can still see the biological...
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    Genetic Origins of Minoans and Mycenaeans

    Highest rates of E-V13 in Greece is Thessaly. Reaches up to 40% in that region. It has far higher rates that the South Slav countries. So we have to look deeper for its origins. Thessaly was the home of the Pelasgians. So either the people invading from the Steppe from the North mixed with...
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    Genetic Origins of Minoans and Mycenaeans

    I find it quite remarkable that Log02 and Log04, two Middle Bronze Age inhabitants from the same settlement do not genetically overlap. This indicates to me that one of the two may be mixed. If we look more closely, then we can notice that Log02 plots half way between Log 04 to the Mycenaeans of...
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    Were pre-Slavic Albanians like ancient Illyrians?

    If you mix the Bronze Age Dalmatian with a Mycenaean, then you have something closer to Albanians and Greeks. The only difference is that Albanians and Greeks will have some Slavic admixture. Removing the Slavic admixture from Albanians does not pull them closer to the Bronze Age Dalmatian...
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    "Tombs of the family of Alexander the Great finally giving up their secrets"

    Even if that were true. How is it exactly that you can distinguish Paeonian DNA 4th century B.C. from Ancient Greek DNA 4th century B.C.? If you exclude medieval migrations, the South Balkans would be mostly identical. It is fairly acceptable to have some small gradients of variety within a...
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    Achilles and Alexander the Great are said to have committed masses of massacres and g

    Sure, one can admire him for that too. But that is quite one dimensional. His timeless historical significance for humanity is far greater than someone who prevailed in battle against all odds.
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    Achilles and Alexander the Great are said to have committed masses of massacres and g

    Sure, as a general and conqueror he is admired unlike no other. But this is only an aspect for someone with the stature like Alexander. There have been so many, too many, great generals in history. Ultimately, all that matters is what you have left behind. And in that respect his legacy is...
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    Achilles and Alexander the Great are said to have committed masses of massacres and g

    He is considered a hero because of his legacy. And by that I mean to say that he spread Hellenism throughout the world. A form of standardized Greek language (Koine) became lingua franca and Hellenic culture not only survived through the ages, but penetrated in other areas all around the world...
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    Macedonian Slavs: which people are they genetically closest to?

    Who are the Macedonian Slavs and which modern ethnic group are they most related to?
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    Greek-Roman female beauty (Italy-Greece-Magna Grecia) tribute

    That Sicilian looks so much like this Greek former Basketball coach, Kostas Politis.
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    Alexander's dna can be found

    The amount of Alexander's commanders which took persian wifes is negligible to have a genetic impact to both the Ancient Greek and Persian population.And after Alexander's death the Greek commanders refused to continue this practice. What could have had an impact though was settlements and...
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    "Northern" elites in Greece and Rome.

    No one denies that the Greeks have absorbed other people who have settled in Greek populated lands during the last 2000 years. But based on historical, genetical and antrhopological data we can definately take the position of a considerable genetic continuty among the Greek peoples. In short...
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    "Northern" elites in Greece and Rome.

    If the people didn't understand even to a degree the variations in antiquity, then how are the elites supposed to have maintained their 'northern' ancestry compared to the rest of the populations? Either they had some general understanding or they didn't care. If they didn't care, there is no...