Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Snakes on the Brain
(Above: Awesome statue of Dacian king Decebal.)
Here's what I learned from this article in National Geographic:
1. Two thousand years ago, at the height of the Roman Empire, a rich and mysterious people called the Dracians populated the land now known as Transylvania.
2. We know very little about them. Except this: They liked snakes. A lot.
3. Authorities recently recovered a cache of priceless Dracian gold bracelets (below) that had been looted from an archaeological site. All of the bracelets were shaped like snakes.
(I've been thinking quite a bit about snakes lately. Why? Just glance to your right.)