Getae-Dacian gold and silver – ancient history

The Dacians and Getae were part of the big Thracian family that lived in South-Eastern Europe over 2000 years ago. The Dacians and the Getae from North of Danube river were united by Burebista in 82 BC under the name of Dacia (the Getae from South of Danube river were called Moesians).

The gold brought the demise of the Dacians as a state. Trajan invaded Dacia several times until he eventually defeated the Dacians. The capital Sarmisegetuza Regia along with all the Dacian fortifications were destroyed.

The gold plundered from Dacia helped Trajan rebuild his then-crumbling Roman empire; in celebration of his victory, Trajan built several of the monuments we see today in Rome.

The expression “the curse of the gold” is a common expression when it comes to the richness of the Carpathian mountains. The saga continues to this day read more here

This is a short display of Getae-Dacian (and Thracian) artifacts. Many were pillaged by the Roman empire during their 120 years occupation, and later on by modern treasure thieves  (to this day, stolen artifacts are still being recovered from abroad by police).


“De teama sa nu inviem,/ Ne-au risipit cetatile, ne-au ucis altarele,/ Toate frumusetile, ca-ntr-un blestem,/ Ni le-au schilodit. Si-am ramas doar cu soarele./ Din el ne-am croit poteci in padure, in munte,/ Langa vetre marunte./ Daca te uiti bine, inapoi/ In pietre, nemuritori, suntem noi, numai noi…”

“For fear of our resurrection, / They ruined our cities, they ruined our altars, / All our beauties gone, like a curse, they crippled us/ And we were left only with the sun. / With him we made paths in the forests, in the mountains, / Near small hearths. /

If you look back, in every stone, immortal/You’ll find us, just us … “



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