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The Bridge of Arta

Ura e Artës (greqisht: Γεφύρι της Άρτας)është një urë guri qe lidh dy brigjet e lumit Arachthos (Άραχθος) ne afersi te qytetit te Arta (Άρτα) ne Greqi. The bridge became famous from the eponymous legendary folk ballad, which is at the core about human sacrifice. From the ballad, a number of Greek proverbs and customary expressions arose, associated with interminable delays, as in the text of the ballad: "All day they were building it, and in the night it would collapse."

Ura e Artës dhe legjenda[redakto | redakto tekstin burimor]

Sipas kronikanit të Epirit Panajot Shqipëtari, ura u ndertua gjate kohëve antike romake. However, according to some traditions it was built when Arta became capital of the Despotate of Epirus, possibly under Michael II Ducas (1230–1271). Other alleged construction dates vary from 1602 to 1606. Seraphim, the Archbishop of Arta, has noted that the bridge was built, according to some tradition, by an Artan grocer.

Ura e Artës

According to the folk ballad of the acritic songs family, every day 60 apprentices and 45 craftsmen or masons, under the leadership of the Head Builder, tried to build a bridge, but its foundations would collapse each night. Finally a bird with a human voice informed the Head Builder that in order for the bridge to remain standing, he must sacrifice his wife. As the wife is being killed, being built in the foundations of the construction, she utters curses that conclude with blessings. Stampa:Coordinate

Parallels[redakto | redakto tekstin burimor]

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 Artikulli kryesor: Immurement.

The idea that a major edifice can not be built without a human sacrifice ("building in" of a person) was also common in the folklore of other Balkan peoples such as Bulgarians, Albanians, Serbs and Romanians; for example, the Romanian legend of Meşterul Manole. A masterbuilder being forced to sacrifice his wife in this way is a common theme in folk songs.[1] A recurring plot element is the masterbuilders' decision to sacrifice the woman who comes first to the building site to bring them food. All but one break their promise and tell their wives to come late, and it is the wife of the only honest one that is sacrificed.[2][3]

One of the legends associated with Merlin is that Vortigern, the King of England, was building a tower to defend himself from Ambrosius and Uther Pendragon. Like the Bridge of Arta, whenever they finished one day's work on the tower it would collapse in the night and Vortigern's advisors recommended that sacrificing a child and mixing his blood with the mortar would prevent the collapse.

References[redakto | redakto tekstin burimor]

  1. ^ Тодор Моллов (14 gusht 2002): Троица братя града градяха (Bulgarian). LiterNet. Vizituar në 19 maj 2007.
  2. ^ БЪЛГАРСКО НАРОДНО ТВОРЧЕСТВО В ДВАНАДЕСЕТ ТОМА. Том VІІІ: Трудово-поминъчни песни. ЕИ "LiterNet" Варна. Второ издание, 2006 [1]
  3. ^ Српске народне пјесме. Скупио их и на свијет издао Вук Стеф. Караџић.Технологије, издаваштво и агенција Београд, 11. октобар 2000 [2]

Sources[redakto | redakto tekstin burimor]

  • Artemis Leontis, "The Bridge between the Classical and the Balkan", The South Atlantic Quarterly 98:4:625-631 (1999) at MUSE On understanding the place of the Bridge of Arta in the literary landscape.

External links[redakto | redakto tekstin burimor]

 Wikisource: Ura e Artës – Burime dhe tekste të plota

Koordinatat:39°09′06″ Veri 20°58′29″ Lindje 39.151667° Veri 20.974722° Lindje