For centuries, Rome was bordered along the Danube frontier by the mountainous kingdom of Dacia. The tribes here had never been a problem, ruled as they were by a succession of unformidable kings, and like all other in the ancient world could never hope to rival the Roman superpower. Yet towards the end of the 1st century AD, the Dacians received fresh vigor and direction from the gifted king Decebalus, against whom the Romans fought a tough war. However, Decebalus and the Dacians were not truly beaten, and in the beginning of the 2nd century AD the Romans renewed the conflict. They were lead by the new emperor Marcus Ulpius Traianus, better known as Trajan, who was determined to teach the Dacians the price of invading Roman lands. This is the story of that great war.
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