Maybe some of you might want to look up Helen and the area she was supposedly from? She is known as; Queen Helene of Adiabene, so we know she was from Adiabene, but can we be sure Adiabene existed where we are told it did?
The Adiabene of Helene, is reportedly located in what we call Assyria on the East bank of the Tigris River. But, its closest neighbor to the East is a place called Mygdonia which is located in Mesopotamia!
So, if we can assume Adiabene (bene can mean good) could have always existed in the same location, then we might assume that its neighbor Mygdonia, might also share the same reasonableness?
So, go ahead and look up Mygdonia! Maybe you will find out that there exists more than one? There is a "European" Mygdonia, and a "Asian" Mygdonia (meaning Asia Minor) and our old faithful Assyrian Mygdonia!
To state that the very name Mygdonia is strange is not hard to say. In consonants it is M G D N, a lot of vowel substitution is possible here? So, why was it such a popular name, and what does it mean? You might even read about the famous 10,000 Army Greeks who fled to Mygdonia from the Black Sea?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mygdonia_(Europe) In Greece!
http://www.maicar.com/GML/Midas.html Another name for Lydia!
Here is a map of Lydia;
Which one did the Greeks flee to?
My point is that ancient history is full of ambiguities like those above. I a real world, which place might be a more likely place for someone named Helene to come from? Which place might be the most likely for 10,000 Greek soldiers to escape to?
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