Macedonian Human Rights Movement International
Lecture by JSG Gandeto: Author of "Ancient Macedonians: Differences Between the Ancient Macedonians and the Ancient Greeks"

On Sunday November 30th, 2003, the Canadian Macedonian Historical Society together with St. Clement of Ohrid Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral and the Macedonian Human Rights Movement of Canada jointly hosted a historical presentation by Joseph Gandeto, author of Ancient Macedonians, Differences Between the Ancient Macedonians and the Ancient Greeks.

Joseph, a current resident of Florida, USA, was born in 1945 in Lubojno, Republic of Macedonia. From 1964 to 1966 Joseph studied mathematics at the University in Skopje after which he immigrated to the USA and pursued his education at Wane State University in Detroit, Michigan where he achieved Master of Education. Joseph furthered his education at Nova University in Fort Lauderdale achieving the standing of Education Specialist and is currently a professor in Florida. Besides writing poetry, Joseph is also a persistent and adamant student of Macedonian History. In 2002 he published his book "Ancient Macedonians, Differences Between the Ancient Macedonians and the Ancient Greeks" in English, and in 2003 he published his poems "Muabet" in Macedonian.

On the subject of "the differences between the Ancient Macedonians and the Ancient Greeks" Joseph delivered an outstanding analysis that left no doubt in anyone's mind about who the ancients Macedonians were and were not. With ample documentation from ancient and modern sources Joseph delivered indisputable evidence that the ancient Macedonians were a unique, determined and proud race and they were definitely NOT Greek. Joseph riveted his audience by delivering piece after piece of evidence proving not only that the ancient Macedonians were not Greek, but that they were proud of their achievements which by far surpassed those of the Greeks. In the minds of the ancients, there was no doubt who the Macedonians were and they were definitely not Greek.

On behalf of the Macedonian community in Toronto I would like to extend my thanks to Joseph Gandeto for taking the time from his busy schedule to come to Toronto to enlighten us with his discoveries. Joseph, by using evidence from old sources, has done an excellent job of putting together a concise analysis that separates fact from fiction. His book is a treasure chest of information that will not only enlighten the reader but convert the unbeliever. The book can be purchased for $ 30 CAN from the Macedonian Human Rights Movement of Canada, just click on www.mhrmi.org for details. I highly recommend it to all audiences.

Special thanks goes to the Historical Society's Alex Nitsis and his committee and to Dr. Dragi Denkovski for his financial assistance in making the presentation possible.

I wish Joseph well in his future endeavors and encourage him to continue to be an inspiration to all of us.

By Risto Stefov