Archive for the ‘Excerpt’ Category

  • When Was Sarmizegetusa Regia Conquered?

    Jan 23, 14 • Blog, ExcerptNo Comments
    When Was Sarmizegetusa Regia Conquered?

    A controversy with a predictable answer. Why would grown-up people lose their time trying to answer childish questions? Pick any schoolkid and they will tell you that the Romans defeated the Dacians in two successive wars, between the years 101–102 and 105–106, respectively; at the end of the latter, they finally conquered Sarmizegetusa Regia and abolished the Dacian state. So it remains written in any history schoolbook. But, in this case, this is exactly where the problem seems to lie…...

  • THE TREASURE IN OUR BACKYARD

    Jan 14, 14 • Blog, ExcerptNo Comments
    THE TREASURE IN OUR BACKYARD

    34 countries from all over the world ran a 20-page National Geographic cover story in July 2013 about a wonderful mysterious land where man and nature, working in symbiosis for hundreds of years, have created ‘one of the great treasures of the cultivated world: some of the richest and most botanically diverse hay meadows in Europe.’ This unique ecosystem, unfortunately extremely fragile, is right here in Transylvania. Rodics Gergely, director of the Pogány-havas Regional Association, is leading a team fighting to save the Transylvanian hay...

  • Short History of Romanian Gypsies

    Oct 8, 13 • ExcerptNo Comments
    Short History of Romanian Gypsies

    On the Bed of Procust: Throughout the centuries, Romania’s faces and society have shaped the Gypsies...

  • Ceausescu: The Young Underground Hero?

    Sep 24, 13 • ExcerptNo Comments
    Ceausescu: The Young Underground Hero?

    Historians of the Golden Age never miss an opportunity to hyperbolize Ceausescu, the activist, as a “young hero,” arrested for the first time at the age of 15, and who, by the age of 26, had spent 7 years in prison. ...

  • You Are Here Thanks to an Irish Writer

    Sep 6, 13 • ExcerptNo Comments
    You Are Here Thanks to an Irish Writer

    A distinguished and slightly bored gentleman, with short white hair and heavy rimmed glasses stood in the crowd waiting in the arrivals terminal at Henri Coanda International Airport in Otopeni. Speaking perfect English with a Bela Lugosi twang, Nicolae Paduraru, former chair of the Transylvanian Society of Dracula (TSD), smiled when he caught sight of his American guests who had paid for a Dracula tour in Romania: “Welcome to Bucharest! There’s no need to worry right now; however, tomorrow we’re going up into Transylvania”...

  • Sibiu, Grand Square, no. 8

    Sep 4, 13 • ExcerptNo Comments
    Sibiu, Grand Square, no. 8

    The Hecht House was the home of a great medieval merchant. It is neither the most beautiful, nor the largest and oldest one in Sibiu. But its metamorphoses and the line of former owners shape the story of the rise of the Transylvanian Saxons. * What was Sibiu like in the 17th century? Artist Radu Oltean’s drawing shows the complete restoration of the stronghold and the surrounding lakes. ...