Nicholas Dimancescu & Radu Oltean discussing image selections; Oltean illustration below of Trajan's column
Left: aerial view of 2000 yr-old Dacian mountain fortress ruins at Blidaru in the Carpathian Mnts
Left: Illustration by Radu Oltean depicting the inaugural ceremony of Trajan's Column in Rome in 113 AD.
Rt: Photo of column moulds at the National History Museum in Bucharest and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and column reproductions at the Museum of Roman Civilization, Rome.
See: 360 degree photo of Trajan Column in Rome
Trajan's Column is a "towering shaft (28.9 meters on a pedestal of 6.2 meters) in the middle of Rome, with its cartoon of over 2,500 figures twisting around it for 200 meters... Despite nearly a century of faultfinding, it cannot be denied that the Column’s spiral tells a story. But what story?" Wheeler 2005
Copies were made under Napoleon III (1861-1862) and displayed in London Victoria & Albert Museum (1864), Rome at the Museo della Civiltà Romana, and Paris at the Musée des Antiquités Nationales à Saint-Germain-en-Laye.
Archaeologist Emil Panaitescu (1885-1958), director of the Romanian School in Rome from 1929 to 1940, initiated the making of a copy of the column and won government support to make moulded copies. The work was carried out by master crafstmen from the Vatican under the direction of Francesco Mercatalli started in 1939. The work was completed in the midst of WW-II in 1943.
It was only in 1967 that the moulds were brought to Romania and eventually housed in the National History Museum in Bucharest.
"DECODING DACIA: Trajan's Invasion 101-106 AD"
A feature documentary in production 2011-12
Producer: Dan Dimancescu
Co-Directors: Dan Dimancescu & Kyle Brandse
Editor: Kyle Brandse
Original Art: Radu Oltean
Director of Photography: Nora Agapi
Videographers: Nora Agapi, Kyle Brandse, Michael Tran
Script: Dan Dimancescu & Kyle Brandse
Sound & Music: Michael Tran, Tim Lefort
Computer effects: Kyle Brandse, Dan Marino
Production Assistant: Ronald Otero
Editorial Advisors: Cristian Lascu (Ed.) and Domnica Macri (both National Geographic Magazine Romania)
Expert Advisors: Mike Carroll, Cristian Gazdac, Ion Grumeza, Ernest Latham, Leonard Velcescu
Production & Technical Assistance: Alexandra Carlsson, Elliot Erwin, Frederik Marmann
Legal Counsel: Ramulescu Law Offices