Talk:Durrës

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Serbian name[edit]

article. There is no point in giving the Serbian name here. You can add it to this article if you want: Latin names of European cities. If we were to add the spelling in each language it would clog up the article. It's not like there is a large Serbian minority in the city, so I see no point in mentioning it here. The city was invaded by Serbs, but it's not like you can't use the Albanian form for that. --Dori 03:10, 2 Sep 2003 (UTC)


I think the Serbian name (and other names differing from the Albanian form) should be mentioned here (although not in the first paragraph), as this is very useful information (if we know the name, we can seek information under it). It should be in the paragraph where "Durazzo" is mentioned. The article won't clog up because most languages use the Albanian form.

The article Latin names of European cities is for Latin names only. And even then, I would mention the Latin name in each article.

When an article contains too much information, we might write a summary and link to more specific articles. As to now, it makes no sense to me to have a link to the Serbian name instead of citing it. And if we have no link, then probably it cannot be found. One has to suspect about the existence of the Serbian name in the first place. Andres 08:34, 2 Sep 2003 (UTC)

[1] lists Albanian variants (including definite forms) of the name and some forms in other languages. Drač is both Serbian, Croatian and Czech. Draç is Turkish. Is Durz or Durts German? And "Enver Hoxha" apparently used to be the official name some time. Andres 09:15, 2 Sep 2003 (UTC)

Драч seems to be used along with Дурес in Bulgarian. Andres 09:52, 2 Sep 2003 (UTC)


Shouldn't Durazzo be mentioned in the beginning? Cities who historically have had mixed ethnicities or have come under the rule of multiple states frequently have alternate city names listed in the beginning or clearly listed later in the article. For examples, see Antwerp, Ljubljana, Szczecin, Bratislava, Vilnius, Skopje etc. Also, shouldn't the history section be expanded to include information concerning the years between 1107 and 1878? Olessi 02:05, 8 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Yes and yes, I think. The important thing, let me add, is not ethnicities at all, but names commonly used in English. Durazzo is very commonly used in English and is, perhaps, still a more well-known name than "Durrës" - it was certainly used as the principle name until well into the latter half of the twentieth century. john k 03:27, 8 Jun 2005 (UTC)

BTW, isn't this sentence rather bizarre: "During much of antiquity the city was known as Epidamnos, and later the Romans popularized the name Dyrrachium due mainly to the fact that Epidamnos was unfamiliar to their ears."? Surely there were other reasons for the Romans giving it a new name - and why that particular new name? john k 15:14, 8 Jun 2005 (UTC)

From 1911: "As the name Epidamnus sounded to Roman ears like an evil omen, as though it were derived from the Latin damnum, loss or harm, the alternative name of Dyrrachium, which the city possibly received from the rugged nature of the adjoining sea-coast, came into general use." Olessi 21:35, 8 Jun 2005 (UTC)

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About Corfu[edit]

Hello!! I visited this page about Durrës and i saw in the History that Corfu is writen as Corcyra and not Cercyra(or Kerkyra) which is very wrong.Could you correct it ? Kp4816 (talk) 12:48, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

Extended-confirmed-protected edit request on 24 April 2017[edit]

change University of Durrës to Aleksandër Moisiu University of Durrës because the latter is the official name of the university Drewchas (talk) 15:13, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

Not done: Thank you for your edit suggestion! Looking at the university article, we see it is titled with what appears to be its WP:COMMONNAME, Aleksandër Moisiu University, and lists University of Durrës as another possible common name. Articles are not always titled with "official" names and are often titled with their common names in the English language instead. So I see no reason to alter the name of the university in this article.  Paine Ellsworth  put'r there  22:02, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Extended-confirmed-protected edit request on 30 April 2017[edit]

Asking for the hyperlink for "University of Durrës" to be changed to "Aleksandër Moisiu University" because, when you click on the hyperlink for "University of Durrës" in the Education section, the page it goes to is the "Aleksandër Moisiu University" page. It seems it would make sense that the hyperlink would display the same text as the page the link goes to in this instance rather than being redirected, even if "University of Durrës" is one of the alternate "unofficial" names of the university. Drewchas (talk) 07:09, 30 April 2017 (UTC)

Not done for now: If one goes by the university seal displayed in the infobox at Aleksandër Moisiu University, the official name is Universiteti "Aleksandër Moisiu" Durrës. The university's web site also uses this form, albeit without the quotation marks. It's possible that that article's title should be changed, and I hesitate to compound the error (if it is an error). The redirect itself is of little concern, but I do wonder if we've got it wrong in multiple ways in multiple places. Do you know if there's an official English-language name for the university? RivertorchFIREWATER 08:04, 30 April 2017 (UTC)
I had already answered this in a previous edit request, so there was little point in raising it again; however, since Rivertorch has raised legitimate concerns, we should probably look at the pagemove logs:
...and find "two" editors, Irvi Hyka and Bunker92, who moved the article in 2011 and 2015, and who are now suspected of being sockpuppets/multiple-account users. I had assumed that Aleksandër Moisiu University and University of Durrës were COMMONNAMEs for the article, but my assumption may have been incorrect. I would of course be happy with any decision made by the community. As for the proposer's concern, Drewchas you are invited to read Wikipedia:NOTBROKEN.  Paine Ellsworth  put'r there  12:19, 30 April 2017 (UTC)
I have opened a Requested Move at Talk:Aleksandër Moisiu University#Requested move 30 April 2017.  Paine Ellsworth  put'r there  13:13, 30 April 2017 (UTC)