Top curiosities and affinities between Romania and other states - part II
How many times have I not read phrases that sound like this: "Top 10 interesting things about Romania" or "Top 10 inventions ..." or "Top 38 things to look for / curiosities ..."?
Honestly, I find clichés that do not satisfy our sincere pursuit of the traits that stand out, resemble or distinguish us from other nations.
Why? First of all, in Part I of the series of articles on affinities and differences between peoples, I wrote that we live in a world connected to the maximum, where there is no place for half-asserted statements, such as: "We are the most ... "" We have the largest ... "," Top Romanian inventors ... ".
The first reason why I think these are half statements or half truths is that the people you would say this to are no longer so passive, careless, obedient to listening. Some are, some are not. What do you do when you come across a listener who asks you questions like, "But who is second in this top?" Or "Who was that inventor inspired by?" Or "Are you really the first one at all?". What do you do when the man does not listen to you, because you focus on tops and absolutisms, without any reference to other personalities / goals / countries?
Actually, I wanted to get here. To keep the interlocutor attentive, it is very important that the charts and absolutisms be accompanied by comparisons because he almost certainly has heard of those personalities / goals / historical moments, and the mere mention of them is not satisfactory.
Do you want to be happy? Stop comparing yourself to others! ☺
Do you want someone to listen to you when you talk about tourism, about your country, about fine things? Make comparisons!
And now ... let's get to work! I admit, I also put an attractive title, to better index on Google. Maybe that's how this article will be found. ☺
Top 3 curiosities, affinities and comparisons between Romania and other states
1. The Romanian language is about 1700 years old, as it is written in various specialized works. It is, but the statement must be accompanied by several remarks. The ethnogenesis of Romanians appears as having 3 fundamental components: the Geto-Dac substrate, the Roman layer, the Slavic abstract. This ethnogenesis through which the people and the language was formed had roughly the same phases as the ethnogenesis of the Italians, the French, the Spaniards, the Portuguese. For example, in French there was the Celtic-Gallic substrate, the Roman layer and the Germanic substrate (francs). Unlike the name of Romania, which comes from the Romanians, the name France comes from the lineage of the Franks, of Germanic origin, although France is a Latin country. Moreover, these explanations are interesting even to Englishmen and Americans, who are English speakers. Why do I say that? Because 60% of the English vocabulary is of Latin origin (the ratio is about 70% in us), ethnogenesis is occurring at about the same time as ours. But today, the verbal system (the strongest feature of a language) is of English origin, which gives it the status of German.
2. Romania is the only people of Latin origin in Eastern Europe. We are an island of latinity surrounded by a great deal of Slavism. However, it is worth mentioning that the origin of the name Romania comes from the name given to the ancient Roman possessions on the outskirts of the empire. Some historians believe that (and I find the explanation plausible) in the Roman Empire there were several "romagnes", that is, margins of the empire. From the time of Emperor Trajan to the retreat commanded by Marcus Aurelius, here was the periphery of the empire. Thus, only this area was preserved in time the name of Romagne = Romania, although Portugal, England and other countries were also borders of the empire.
3. Romanian humanism appeared relatively late, in the seventeenth century and was the consequence of the extension of the classical humanism that appeared in the fifteenth century in the west. The explanation for this fact is given both by the emergence of the foreign Ottoman Empire, by the development in tandem with the rigors of the west, as well as the influence of the Eastern church, having some different opinions in relation to the values promoted at that time in the West. The adoption of humanism was in the west a revolt of cities against the feudal system, so a phenomenon of the ascension of the bourgeoisie, while within the Ottoman Empire it could have produced a change of the autonomous status of the Romanian countries in relation to the empire. Among the personalities, we list the ruler Petru Cercel schooled in the West (who was a "trendsetter" of the time - he brought some morals in the country, including wearing the earring), Nicolaus Olahus (vlahul), Constantin Cantacuzino (he was passionate traveler and the first Romanian geographer, making the first map of the Romanian Countries), Grigore Ureche, Miron Costin, Nicolae Milescu (a kind of Marco Polo of Romania - arrived in China), Dimitrie Cantemir (represents the synthesis of East and West, used the culture his oriental to access the values of Western Europe; not coincidentally, he is the first Romanian named member of the Berlin Academy in 1714 and was contemporary with Johann Sebastian Bach, and he also made an in-depth study of oriental music).
These were traits related to the spirituality and formation of the Romanian people. In Part III I will return with other curiosities and affinities between Romania and other states that will help you to present yourself with dignity, without excessive zeal, but not with humility / false humility in front of those who want to know you or know their roots.