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DACIA, the Research Project

DACIA is a research project in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of Michigan. The goal of this project is to design and implement a framework for building adaptive distributed applications through the flexible composition of mobile software components.

At the same time, DACIA represents Radu's work for his PhD thesis.

The Other Dacia

The name Dacia also has a historical meaning. It is the ancient name of the European region corresponding roughly to modern Romania. It was inhabited before the Christian era by a people who were called Getae by the Greeks and were called Daci by the Romans.

Geto-Dacian society flourished under king Burebista (ca 82-44 B.C.), a contemporary and opponent of Caesar, and a friend of Pompey. Burebista's country, rooted in the former social and political tradition, was strengthened by the king's conquest of Greek cities, like Tomis, Histria and Callatis on the Black Sea shore, and by eliminating the threat of Celtic invasion. In this way, Burebista came to rule over the whole Thracian-Geto-Dacian world, from the Haemus Mountains (the Balkans) to the Wooded Carpathians, from Tyras (the Dnestr) to the Tisza.

The Geto-Dacians were to witness a new period of cultural and political prosperity when Decebal (87-106 A.D.) acceded to the throne. Geto-Dacian civilization was by then at its climax. In the 1st century B.C., as the Roman Empire was expanding, the Danube became the border between the Roman Empire and the Geto-Dacians.

Eventually, the Romans did declare war on the Dacians, after a first confrontation (87-89 A.D.), and they waged two bloody wars (101-102 and 105-106 A.D.). The Geto-Dacians were defeated, the Empire led by Trajan extended its bounds over the Danube and turned part of Dacia into a Roman imperial province.

After the conquest of Dacia by the Romans and its turning into an imperial province, the Geto-Dacians continued to live and work side by side with the Roman colonists and veterans, who had been brought into the new Imperial province of Dacia from everywhere in the Roman World. When the Roman administration withdrew from Dacia (270-275), most of the population, made up of Roman colonists and romanized Dacians, stayed. Thus, the Romanian people was born. The intense process of romanization stamped a lasting mark on the language of the Romanian people, on their name, conscience and culture.

More information about the history of Dacia is available from the Romanian Travel Guide.

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