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The Dacian Stones Speak Hardcover – January 1, 1975

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A clear and reliable narrative of the ancient history of Romania.

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The general audience and particularly students and teachers of antiquity will welcome this profusely illustrated work.

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The general audience and particularly students and teachers of antiquity will welcome this profusely illustrated work on a topic for which there is scant information in the English language." --Archaeological News



A clear and reliable narrative of the ancient history of Romania based on a thorough knowledge of the important work done by that country's archaeologists." --Choice

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; First Edition edition (January 1, 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807812269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807812266
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,660,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author wrote this book after a series of other "stones speak". I found the book very documented. What I liked the most was the fact that the author spent a good deal of time in Romania, talked to all leading experts in Dacian history and culture and on top of that did his own research. Speaking strictly about the info one should drawn from the stones and ancient artifacts, the book is well documented and easy to follow. As a matter of fact, I believe this is the only book on the Dacians ever written by someone outside Romania. I could not find another one. There is an extensive presentation of the Dacian religion in Mircea Eliade's History of Religions. The Dacians Stones Speak does not deal with that. I found that a good thing since it keeps the history and believes separated. As far as I know the Dacians did not let their religion influence their political beliefs. Anyway, this is a good book for any student seeking info on small European ancient cultures or people who already know something about the European history at the time. I do not believe this book would enlighten anyone that does not know anything about the European cultures and does not know anything at all about the Dacians. Regardless, what one could get from the book is the historical account of Emperor Trajan fighting with the Dacians in two different occasions and the story the Trajan's Column tells relating those battles.
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Paul MacKendrick's The Dacian Stones Speak is one of a fine series of books (The Greek Stones Speak, The Mute Stones Speak) by this same respected scholar. MacKendrick is known to be a meticulous and objective researcher who is held in high esteem by his colleagues. TDSS deals with that part of the Balkan Peninsula now occupied by Romania whose name says it all. While Greeks were among the first to establish key colonies in this area along the Black Sea region, Romania's place in history involves the Roman Empire above all. It was during the reign of the Emperor Trajan (98-117AD) that Dacia fell to the armed forces of Rome under the leadership of said emperor. Once incorporated into the Roman Empire it became a northeastern bastion on the outer fringes of the empire against the barbarian hordes that continually pressed against it. Prior to Rome, there were Celtic invaders who brought their own influence into Dacia but did not occupy it as a political entity. Aside from discussing the archaeology of Dacia from this period, MacKendrick also discusses in detail the treatment of the Dacian people at the hands of their Roman overlords; and the visual record of the Roman conquest is vividly depicted on the Column of Trajan still to be seen in Rome. The rationale for the Roman assault on the Dacians is clearly and excellently presented in Chapter 4; and, along with Chapters 5&6 which deal with Dacia under Roman rule constitutes the main heart of this book. Despite all of the negatives involving the Conquest, Dacia owes its current name - Romania - to it as well as its language, key aspects of its culture, and its ethnicity. With 8 well written and scholarly chapters, followed by a thorough Chronology, a lengthy Bibliography, and worthwhile Index, this book (even though it is 40 years old) should be added to anyone's library who is interested in the history of this part of the world and its significance.
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Good book, thanks
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