| by Sivia Messeri
The history of a nation before the Roman conquest
The end of the Dacian people is described in the spirals of the Trajan Column, in the scenes of the battles that, from 101 to 107 A.D., were eventually to make Dacia one of the many provinces of the Roman Empire. What, however, was the history of this kingdom, whose borders corresponded with the Romania of today, before it finally disappeared? How did these people live? Historians in fact tell us that they formed a far more important clan than the great Indo-European family of the Tracians. The exhibition on the Dacians (Florence, Palazzo Strozzi until June 29th) gives us more than one answer. Here we can see over 800 exhibits, many of which have never been out of Romania before, set out along an itinerary that starts out with finds dating from the 12th century B.C. from the tomb of Prince Cotys and the treasure of Lupu. The Carpathian mines and the gold-streaked sand from the rivers have always led people to believe that the Dacians owned fabulous treasures. It is thought that the booty of the Emperor Trajan, after his conquest of Dacia, included over 150 tons of gold and 300 of silver.
Florence, Palazzo Strozzi until June 29th 1997
Hours: daily from 9.30am to 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays until 11pm.
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