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Posted by: xeneize was the last great conquest of the roman empire, Trajan massed the biggest army in roman history, 16 Legions, this campaigns deserve a book¡¡¡
Posted on: 17/02/2013 10:46:00

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Posted by: KL49
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Joined Date: Saturday, 6 June 2020
The problem with any reconstruction of the Dacian wars is that there is so little information available from ancient writers. The main surviving source is a condensed version of Book 68 of Dio Cassius' history, but the relevant section is only a few paragraphs long and doesn't go into any detail about the forces involved or the course of specific battles, etc. Unfortunately, Trajan's own commentaries on the wars are now lost, as is Tacitus' history of the conflict, so there's nothing comparable to, say, Julius Caesar's account of his Gallic campaigns or Josephus' history of the Jewish War which could serve as a basis for a new book on the subject. Trajan's Column in Rome provides a visual record, of course, but it's clearly a propaganda piece rather than an objective presentation, and there's no "commentary track" to explain exactly what the different scenes represent. Modern attempts to reconstruct the Dacian campaigns are therefore dependent largely on the interpretation of monuments, inscriptions, and archaeological findings, but many of the interpretations are controversial.
Posted on: 17/02/2013 14:00:00
Posted by: .George Washington
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Joined Date: Friday, 21 June 2013
Yes, Dacian-Roman wars need a book. the MAA was more on the Germans.
Posted on: 07/02/2014 22:01:00

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