a reply to: EvillerBob
Dacia as it was properly named was the seat of the Dacians a powerful anti Roman tribe whom it took the Romans a long time to suppress.
Though the Romanians (not the Roma gypsy's) language is believed to be descended from the Vulgar Latin language as you know and the Romanians
themselves (not the majority Romany Gypsy) are believed to be a mix of both Dacian descent and of course Imperial Settlers (the bulk of whom were not
necessarily Roman but from within the empire which as you know covered a huge geographical area).
Though I do find this quite probable from the given KNOWN fact's I am suspicious as it was a highly desirable region due to it's location and
suitability for wine production etc.
Also it is worth noting that as for the Ethnic Indiginous (or at least for nearly 2000 years) Romanian people there are interesting parrallel's with
the Roman mythology that Rome would certainly have used to there own advantage being as they were consumate at adapting the local religions but in
this case it would have been awfully familiar to the Romans.
As you know Romulous and Remus the twin brothers whom supposedly founded Rome with Romulous being the more important of the two were supposedly
orphaned and raised by wolves, Roman legionaries sometimes wore wolf skin's with the head still attached and mounted on there helmet's.
Now the Dacians had a very intriguing belief and I am sure that the Contemporary Roman scholors would have agreed, the Dacians may have revered the
wolf also and even called themselves wolves though they were probably an offshoot of the Thracian culture, a sister tribe to the Thracians if you like
and an Indo European tribe.
As you also know after the fall of Rome just like many places in the empire Romania or Dacia if you like was most probably invaded several time's by
the Marauding tribes whom prowled the post Roman dark age europe especially since the last stronghold of the Roman world Byzantium was not influential
at that time over that part of the world.
You are quite correct though and I have to backtrack on why that nation is today called Romania since the Roma whom were named Gypsy by the europeans
seem to have reached europe sometime between the early 13th and 14th centurys while to my own correction the earliest mention of Romania may be from
about the 10th century and is made by Byzantium scholars.
It seem's my knowledge was based on faulty theory's, I must also stress I was repeating what I had seen and read in the past so thank your for
correcting me and not being too offended, I know how proud Ethnic Romanians are and they have a right to be after all they have suffered (though there
is that little bit of a black mark in which Romania allied with the Nazi's).
I wonder now though if the Roma are named after Romania even though it as not there homeland, the Roma do not call themselves Roma but Rrom with a
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