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Title: The Date of Herodotus' Visit to Macedonia
Author(s): VASILEV, Miroslav Ivanov
Journal: Ancient West & East
Volume: 15 Date: 2016
The purpose of the article is to draw attention to three major problems. First, it focuses on the question if Herodotus visited Macedonia. After analysing the information provided by the Suda lexicon, as well as the data from the Histories, the author arrives at the conclusion that Herodotus did visit Macedonia and personally communicated with its ruler. The second problem is related to the question when exactly he visited this country. On the basis of Herodotus’ evidence (9.44.1–45.3) the author demonstrates that the said visit took place during the last years of Alexander’s rule. At the end of the article the author concludes that at the time of Herodotus’ visit to Macedonia Alexander I ruled only Crestonia and therefore had already lost his control over Bisaltia and the silver mine situated near Lake Prasias.