The most famous myth about Durres is mentioned by the great ancient Greek historian, Appian of Alexandria. The legend says that a barbarian king Epidamn has built a town and named it after himself. His nephew Dyrrah then built a harbor nearby and started war on his brothers and nephews who had claimed the city for themselves. Dyrrah called Hercules to help him. In the end, Dyrrah won, but his own son was killed in the battle.
There is another famous legend about Berat. Once upon a time there lived a very beautiful lady named Osumi. One day two brothers met her separately and both fell in love with her. Osumi couldn’t pick any of them and decided to tell them the sad truth. The brothers were so angry that started a war against each other. Both died and the gods decided to punish them and turned them both into mountains. When Osumi learned about it, she sat on her knees and cried so much that she had drowned in her own tears. The gods turned her into a river that still flows in Berat.