Sarissa was a 4-7 m long pike introduced from Philip II the Macedon for the forward ranks of Macedonian army. It was a development of dory( δόρυ) , a one-handed spear :Ne videon tende ke folur per SARISSA-n e famshme maqedonase. Pse quhej keshtu? Mjafton te shohesh falangen maqedonase dhe kuptimi i saj eshte lehtesisht i arritshem.
"""Greek""": σάρισα ishte 4 deri ne 7 meter
Pra ajo ishte shume e gjate. Pse ishte e tille?
Qellimi ishte qe rradhet e ushtareve maqedonas te ngeleshin te PAARRITSHME prej armikut:
Pra rrenjen e kesaj fjale e perben follja shqip ARRIJ
Sarisa do te thote thjeshte te mos arrish dhe per kete arsye quhej e tille, qe te mos lejonte armikun te arrinte rradhet e ushtrise maqedonase(shqiptare).
the possible etymology of it is either albanian word dorë which means hand:
or the other albanian word dru which means wood or tree:
Sarissa is a long version of dory. Its main function was not only to hit the enemy but not to allow them to reach Macedonian ranks.
It's is very probable and makes a complete sense in Albanian language that the word derives from the Albanian verb arrij which means to to reach.
We have to do with a compound word where:
s'---> is a privative preposition and is a short form for nuk which means not or un.
arrish--> is the the verb arrij in one of its inflected forms
The meaning of the word is: the UNREACHABLE, which takes the meaning from the excessive length of this particular pike, which has been used as an ostacle to hold back the enemy in order they never reach and thus not harming the forward ranks of these Albanian army formations.