- Dec 2009
Maybe is a point of view, but this not prove he didn't say that. In that period, the old noble families from Italy, lost their absolute power in favor of balcanic ones. Within the empire it was a kind of rivalry between statesmen from different zones. Probably those from Balkans, regardless their direct kinship, identified themselves with Dacians, not only because they lived in a province called Dacia, but Decebal was still a resonant name in the Empire. On the other hand, there were many statesmen identified as Dacians by surviving sources - probably they were really lot of them in that period.Well, I see the user is banned, but so that other users may be informed, no modern scholar of the Tetrarchy that I've read (and I've read very many) considers Galerius to have said or done these things. This is the invective of a Christian rhetorician, Lactantius, against an emperor who was born in the province of Dacia Ripensis, whose mother may have been born in the old province of Dacia north of the Danube, and (crucially) who had persecuted the Christians. As a skilled rhetorician, Lactantius naturally uses Galerius' birth and origins to present the persecuting emperor as a savage non-Roman barbarian. If Galerius had really acted like this he would not have ruled for as long as he did. I discuss Lactantius' characterization of Galerius in an article that I have written, but it won't be published until 2021.