Posted by Basil on January 13, 2001 at 15:35:09:
In Reply to: Greek-Serbian racial similarities? posted by Plutonas on January 12, 2001 at 21:14:40:
The Illyrians are as indigenous to the Aimos Peninsula as the pre-Hellenes (ie. Pelasgians, whom the various Greek tribes overtook); they are likely the ancestors of many of today's Albanians (many Albanians are also descendants of Islamicised Hellenes when the Albanians were placed as garrison troups for the Ottomans). However, the Serbs come from the East, following the pandemic in the mid-500's during which close to 100 million people died (including an estimated 15-20 million Hellenes; remember that during this pandemic over 10,000 cities and towns became entirely depopulated). The Croatians came from the germanic tribes. Interestingly enough, the most famous late-Byzantine (Roman actually, as the Byzantines NEVER called themselves anything but (eastern) Romans, thus, the modern Hellenes referring themselves as "Romoii") emperor, Constantine Paleologos was the offspring of a Hellene father from Mystra, Laconia (adjacent to modern Sparti) and a Serbian mother. HE, at least shared common characteristics of both ethnic groups.
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