By Ion Grumeza
This e-book tells the little identified tale of Dacia, the strong and wealthy land that grew to become Transylvania and Romania. This booklet revives the Dacian heritage and contributes to our realizing of the quarter because it is this present day.
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18 They seem to have expanded from Western Europe in the direction of Asia Minor rather than toward Eastern Europe. They certainly did not have any common heritage or genetic pool with the Daco-Getians, and were definitely not their original parent tribe. Finally, Mircea Eliade (1906-1986), the great Romanian religious thinker, dedicated an entire chapter of his work to the Thracians, “great anonyms” of history; he alternates between discussing them and Daco-Getians. Since he was a product of the rigid Romanian school of history in which the words and ideas of professors were written in stone, he assumed that Thracians came to the Balkans from the Ukraine before the Bronze Age.
C. With a population of thirteen million people and the most feared army in the ancient world, Cyrus wanted to extend his rule into Europe, and, in attempting to do so, he pushed the Scythians out of Asia. ” An example of this is the fact that they avenged the Persian execution of the queen’s son, who had been taken prisoner by the Persians. ”5 Today the ancient city of Tomis is known as Constantza in Romania. How large was the Getian kingdom if the army of Queen Tomyris defeated the Persians near the Araxes (Volga) River?
Jones, 201 11. Ovid, “Tristia,” The Poems of Exile, trans. Peter Green (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005), bk. 5, 1. 22 12. Ovid, “Black Sea Letters,” Poems, bk. 109. 13. Ovid, “Black Sea Letters,” Poems, bk. 3, 5:1-2. 14. Ovid, Poems, bk. 2-5. 15. Strabo, The Geography of Strabo, ed. G. P. Goold, trans. Horace Leonard Jones, Loeb Classical Library (1917), vol. 1, 493. 16. Strabo, Geography, trans. Jones, vol. 3, 174-175. 17. Strabo, Geography, trans. Jones, vol. 3, 311. 18. Strabo, Geography, trans.