The Serbian propaganda about the priority of Slavs in Albanian area


The Slavs pseudohistorians, having previously presented the pseudoscientific theory that ancient Greeks disappeared with the arrival of the Slavs, and that in essence the modern Greeks are supposedly hellenized linguistically Slavs, argue that something similar happened in Albania region. So for the Albanian region argued that the Illyrians disappeared from the Slavic incursions and Albanians came to the area now living from somewhere else around the 7th to 10th century AD So Slavs preceding Albanians in the Albanian land, since Albanians came to the 6th century AD the region!


After the events in Kosovo and Kosovo's secession from Yugoslavia, Serbian nationalists began to spread on the internet an outdated and unscientific theory, according to which Albanians are a Turkish tribe that came from the Caucasus to the Balkans on the 7th AD century and later settled in territories in which currently reside. This theory is not supported by any scientist today. Serbian nationalists represent some maps of the ancient geographer Claudius Ptolemy, which I represent in my book. What Serb nationalists conceal is that Claudius Ptolemy mentions the existence of a town in southern Albania with the name Alvanopolis. And that also named Albanians were a people who lived in Latium (Italy). So why don’t they say that modern Albanians descend from the Albanian Latium or why don’t they say that modern Albanians originate from an Illyrian tribe Albanoi, from which came the name Alvanopolis? Serbian propagandists conceal that there is no medieval testimony for the arrival of a new people with the name Albanians from the Caucasus to the Balkans. If there were such a massive migration of such a large population, somewhere this fact would be recorded by the Byzantine chroniclers.

This theory Fyrom-pseudomacedonians is trotted in their official historical sites. This caucasian theory about the origin of Albanians serve the political interests of the Slavs in the Balkans. Serbs with this trick present themselves as older than Albanians in the Balkans, and thus argue that Kosovo was Serbian and the cradle of the Serbian people, while the Albanians came much later in the region. But this is a reversal of history. Similarly the  Fyrom-pseudomacedonians that denying their Slavic origin and argue that originate from the ancient Macedonians, benefit immensely from this theory, since the presence of the Albanians in Skopje/Fyrom are a headache for pseudomacedonians. So they solved the problem too. Albanians living in western Fyrom/Macedonia are not indigenous, but they came much later. Unfortunately for the Fyrom/Macedonians, one of their supporter, George Nakratzas says the exact opposite. Nakratzas is a doctor and writer of ethnological issues who has sided in favor of Fyrom/Macedonia and collaborates with the party Rainbow, which is the party of peaudo-Macedonians in Greece, known for its anti-Greek action. Nakrtatzas has founded a publishing bookstore with the name Batavia, the profits of which go to the party of Fyrom/Macedonians in Greece. Nakratzas has written two books including the origin of the Greeks and their neighbors. In his book “The close racial affinity of modern Greeks, Bulgarians and ethnic Macedonians. Macedonia-Thrace’’ writes: “The Illyrians of the Macedonian kingdom must be lived in the western part of the current Yugoslav Macedonia, the limits of which cannot now be ascertained even approximately. The ethnic identity and language of the Illyrians never lost. Even today the majority of local residents are Albanians, who are generally regarded as the descendants of the ancient Illyrians” (p.29, ed. 2002). It would be a shock for Fyrommacedonians if they read this text from the book of Nakratzas.

What delusional opinions have written by the Serbs to argue that allegedly Albanians are a Turkish tribe! The Albanian language belongs to the family of Indo-European languages, and the language of the Caucasian Albanians belongs to another family of languages. Let us see what science says about Caucasian Albanians: “Initially at least some Caucasian Albanians spoke Lezgic languages, nearby the languages spoken today in modern Daghestan (near Russia), although 26 different languages spoken in Caucasian Albania. When the Caucasian Albanians converted to Christianity in the 4th century, a large part of the population assimilated by the Armenians (who dominated the Artsakh provinces and Utik) and Georgians (in the north), while the eastern parts of Caucasian Albania converted to Islam and were absorbed by the Iranians and then by Turkish populations. Small remnants of this ethnic group still exists independent, known as people Udi”. As you can see, the Caucasian Albanians spoke a language belonging to Lezgic languages. These languages belong to one of the seven branches of the family of North Caucasian languages. These languages have no relation to the Indo-European languages, which include the Albanian language. Besides this, the original Caucasian Albanians were absorbed by Armenians and Georgians as early as the 4th century AD So the opinion that Albanians of Caucasus are related to the Albanians in the Balkans and that Albanians came from the Caucasus in the 7th AD century in Balkan devoid of seriousness and is a science fiction scenario, which no contemporary scholar argues.

This does not prevent Serbs to argue nonsense, supposedly the Albanian language is not an Indo-European language, but that belongs to the Caucasian languages. To support their pseudoscientific theory, they have prepared tables which compare Caucasian words with Albanian words. Here is a small example. They argue that the Albanian nene (= mother) is of the same root with the Chechen nanaa, that the Albanian baba is of the same root with the Caucasian Udi word baba, that the Albanian word ju (= you) is of the same root with the Chechen word shu, that the Albanian plak word is of the same root with the Caucasian word of Udi haq, that the Albanian word qytet (= city) is of the same root with the Caucasian word of Udi kalaka, the Albanian word madh (= large) are of the same root with the Caucasian word mus and many other more ridiculous examples. The sad thing is that this nonsense have been believed by many Greeks.

What first touched one of them all? The word nene has no relation with the Chechen word nanaa, if indeed there is such a word, and apparently this is symptomatic assonance. In Albanian there is also the word nenë, meaning grass,  and isof the same root with the Serbian nana and the Turkish nane, as reported by the German linguist Gustav Mayer in his book “Etymological Dictionary of the Albanian language”. The Albanian word yu has no relation with the Chechen word shu, but it is an Indo-European word, since the British say “you” as the Albanians say you. The word qytet (city) has no relationship with the Caucasian word kalaka. Really, I wonder, Serbs what common they saw between the Albanian word qytet and Caucasians word kalaka. The word plak has no relationship with the Caucasian word haq. The word madh is not related to the Caucasian word mus, but with the Greek word megas (μέγας). The Greek word megas (μέγας) with the interchange  of the letters g and d, that was common in the ancient Greek language became medhas, and so the Albanian word madh is of the same root with the Greek megas (*medhas). As for the Albanian word baba supposedly came from the Caucasian word baba, I should stress to the ignorant Serbs that the same word Greeks use (babas), like the Turks. Some linguists believe that we Greeks and Albanians have borrowed this word from the Turks, and therefore the word baba is younger! The word baba is ancient Greek-Pelasgian of the linguistic idioms of Minor Asia and it was preserved in Phrygian inscription which I presented in my book “The origin of the Albanians.” Besides this, in antiquity the following Greek names in Asia Minor existed: Βαβής(Babis), Βαβόας(Baboas) and Πάπας(Papas). From these names originate and the modern Greek babas. Many Greek-Pelasgian words of Minor Asia  passed to the today Turks today, and we consider Turkish due to ignorance! The word baba appears in another old phrygian inscription preserved by Ramsay (Archaic Phrygian Inscriptions in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, XV, 1883, p. 120).

Unfortunately this nonsense of the Serbs have been believed by many Greek non-scientists. So on Internet is circulated an article entitled “The true origin of the Albanians.” This article claims that Albanians were Avars. Avars have nothing to do with the Albanians of Caucasus, there is no testimony about alleged massive migration of Albanians from the Caucasus and especially in Paeonia (the current site of the Fyrom/Macedonian state). Then this article represents some ancient sources supposedly documenting its opinion. This article reresents some excerpts from Plutarch, Strabo, Arrian, Ptolemy and Stefanos Byzantium talking about Caucasian Albanians, without telling either of which book nor in which section all these have been written. At the end the authors of this article refers to the Byzantine chronicler Chalkokondylis, presenting the following excerpt from his work: “Albanians are not Illyrians, as some claim”. The authors of this article do not say in which work  Chalkokondylis writes this. So the author suggests that the Chalkokondylis did not consider Albanians as Illyrians and as indigenous in the Balkans, and cites this passage to reinforce the view that Albanians came from the Caucasus. The authors, however, are great counterfeiters, because they did not represent the whole exctract from the book of Chalkokondylis. Let's look at the entire passage of the Byzantine chronicler: «Αρχήν δ’ εγώ ουδέ προσίεμαι τον λόγον, ως είησαν Ιλλυριών γένος οι Αλβανοί. Αλβανούς γαρ έγωγε μάλλον τε τοις Μακεδόσι προστίθεσθαι αν λέγοιμι ή άλλω τινί των κατά την οικουμένην εθνών. Ουδενί τε γαρ συμφέρονται, ότι μη τω Μακεδόνων γένει» (βιβλ. Β’, σελ. 532, εκδ. Βόννης). (“I believe that Albanians are not descendants of Illyrians, because I believe that Albanians are more related with Macedonians that any other tribe of the world”). So Chalkokondylis considered Albanian descendants of the ancient Macedonians, not Illyrian, in contrast to other Byzantine writers who consider the Albanians as descendants of the Illyrians.

Marios Dimopoulos



Abstract of my new book "The Albanian Kosovo and the Serbian propaganda"


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