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Има ли българска следа в устната традиция за Александър Македонски?
Is There a Bulgarian trace in the Oral Tradition about Alexander the Great?

Author(s): Gatya Simeonova
Subject(s): History
Published by: Асоциация Клио
Keywords: Alexander the Great; oral tradition; legends; Bulgarian folklore

Summary/Abstract: The article analyses oral works about Alexander the Great of the peoples concerned with his origin, work and heritage. The first part of the study discusses: 1) legends, tales and myths which Alexander encountered in the lands he conquered and which were part of the common intellectual heritage of the peoples in the Eastern Mediterranean — an ancient and very significant for the history of humankind cultural area; 2) stories about concrete places, events and participants during life on the march, which existed in different variants and present different points of view and different truths; 3) legends and tales of later times, associating certain settlements and sites (sacred copses, single trees, benches, graves) with the name of Alexander. They are extracted from the works of ancient authors. Second, attention is paid to the oral lore related to the great commander of the peoples of the East. Against this backdrop, the author underscores the presence of Alexander the Great in the oral tradition of Bulgarians. In support of the thesis for the existence of a “Bulgarian trace” in this country’s oral tradition the author has attached folk songs she has deciphered and published for the first time in full.

  • Issue Year: 2008
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 191-236
  • Page Count: 46
  • Language: Bulgarian