"Think, I pray you, what pleasure it was for these brave men, when for a little space they had leisure from warfare, to be instructed in the teachings of philosophy." ( Iordanes )

Huge statues of "Tarabostes" found in Rome - the Romans decorated their arches of triumph with impressive, intelligent-looking, brave, strong Dacians. Burebista, the king of the greatest Dacian state whom even Cezar feared, may have well looked like this. Both Cezar and Burebista died in 44 B.C..

"Tarabostes" identified on Trajan's Column - intelligent-looking Dacian, probably the best among the best, wearing a Dacian cap.

Dacian woman with three children - shown on the Column - -none of the ancient monuments erected in the honour of victors has carved in stone so many scenes with women, children and men showing tenderness towards children - all representative of the conquered, defeated people.

Long-haired "Comati", wearing a kind of mane. What impresses here is the splendid shield on which the Dacian symbol, frequently noticed at Adamklissi, is visible.

"Comati" carrying children on their shoulders. It can be that the sculptors of these detailed scenes on Trajan's Column were themselves Dacians - artists and also maybe prisoners of war. No one else knew better their love for children.

Four Dacian families at a party or meeting. The artist skilfully insists on the Dacian manners and costumes which seem more sophisticated than the conquerors' (the Romans') who (are made to) look, in comparison, like sheer barabarians.

Dacians under mistletoe branches. What is remarkable are their intelligent-looking faces and their professor-like beards; also the presence of the mistletoe which our team discovered on the Dacian ceramic pieces.(see Dacian Spirituality).

The Greeks called them 'ktistai', that is 'builders'/'mansons' - the scene gathers a large group of 'tarabostes' and 'comati'among the walls that filled in the Meridional Carpathian Mountains, one of the most impressive edifices of mankind.

Two Dacian men plotting - the one on the left looks like Dcebal, the great Dacian king, contemporary with Nerva and Trajan.

Trajan meets a group of Dacian women.These are joined by their husbands and children and look clean and tidy, well-dressed and combed; talkative and straightforward.They may have been the best diplomats of the ancient times. The woman leaning against the column with the Dacian secant is said to be Decebal's sister

Dacian woman fighter, caught in a unique scene on the Column - the sculptor put in the young delicacy of the girl, her beautiful arms, pure maiden breasts, and her extraordinary courage.

Dacian madona holding her child - one of the many Dacian women on the Column - standing out against a monumental building. Her eyes and the way she warmly protects her child show an amazing humaneness for those times of terrible barbarism and immorality.

The Dacians liked to call themselves wolves - the scene depicts a tough fight between these wolves and the Roman soldiers. However, why did the sculptor place it under the impressive cavalcade of wheels?

Pieta under palmtree branches - during the first harassment between the Roman and the Dacian armies in 101 A.D. the Dacians, piety and love on their faces, take away from the battle field the body of a young man, one of the few young Dacians on the Column. The scene is being watched from among the palmtrees by Decebal himself. Does this pieta speak of the famous human sacrifice which the Dacians are said to have made every five years when they sent as a messenger to Zalmoxis one of the best among them, after drawing lots. (Herodotus)

"Tarabostes" holding a child in his arms. Can it be that these amazing scenes inspired Trajan and Hadrian when they founded in Rome the famous now orphan's asylums, right after their wars against the Dacians?

Group of 'tarabostes' and 'comati' - the man in the middle seems to be the one and the same who is depicted in the pieta scene.

Impressive figure of a "Tarabostes" in Rome -- this can be very well Dromihete, the famous Dacian king ruling before Burebista.

Other two "Tarabostes" displayed in the Italian museums -- what impresses are the fine, delicate hands of these brave fighters, their open faces, relaxed attitudes, and well-built bodies.

The last scenes on the Column -- a group of Dacians leaves the battlefield, determined to resume the fight. Since the Romans conquered only 14% of the territory inhabited by the Dacians, and this with the help of legions gathered from across the entire empire, the Romans could not force upon Dacia their rules and laws, their language and habits and consequently had to leave it not before long. The wars between the Romans and the Dacians took place in 101 - 106 A.D. Trajan died in Partia in 117 A.D.. History does not say anything certain about Decebal's death or about Vesina's, the Great Dacian Priest.

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