THE ROMANS IN ROUMANIA.
THE Roman province of Dacia, which was constituted upon the ruins of the kingdom of Decebalus, was considerably larger than modern Roumania. For the Dacian realm had included Transylvania and other portions of what is now the AustroHungarian Dual Monarchy, and the circumference of the province was thirteen hundred miles. The fact is of more than antiquarian importance, for the so-called "Daco-Roumania" movement, which has lately given so much trouble to Austrian statesmen, is based upon the racial an historical unity of the Roumanians of Transylvania and the Roumanians of the kingdom.
The ravages of war had decimated the natives, and in order to people so large an area it was necessary to import colonists from the Roman Empire. Trajan summoned to Dacia the veterans of his legions, the landless proletarians of Rome, the venturesome inhabitants of Spain and Gaul. Italy doubtless
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Publication information: Book title: The Balkans: Roumania, Bulgaria, Servia, and Montenegro. Contributors: William Miller - Author. Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons. Place of publication: Freeport, NY. Publication year: 1972. Page number: 19.
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