Vasile Pârvan – The Great Romanian Historian and Archaeologist


Born on 28th of September 1882, in Perchiu, Huruieşti village, Bacău county (the old Tecuci county), Vasile Pârvan attended Bârlad highschool, followed by the University of Bucharest, where some of his professors were important historians: Ion Bogdan, Dimitrie Onciul and Nicolae Iorga. Graduating in 1904, he was sent as scholar in Germany to study ancient history. For 5 years, he arduously studied history, philosophy, literature and many more.

Back to his country at the age of 27, he became associate member of Romanian Academy and started teaching ancient history at the University of Bucharest. Also named director at National Museum of Antiquities, he stood out  in every situation, fact that only brought him the recognition of Romanian cultural elite. When he became full member of Romanian Academy, in 1913, he made an impressive speech on his beloved work. During his years of devotion to science, he “got used to value only 2 things: the cult of pious worship of heritage from the abandoned ruins, and the cult of human genius, always defeated and always triumphant”.

His first published work is about ancient Dacia under Roman rule (1906). Starting with his doctoral dissertation (1909), he performed a ceaseless work in archaeology and ancient history. His amazing discoveries about the importance of Dacian culture, Greek and Roman culture on today’s Romanian territory, ancient fortresses and sanctuaries were written in endless memoirs, organized in works as “M. Aurelius versus Caesar” (1909), “Cetatea Tropaeum” (Tropaeum Fortress, 1912), “Memoriale” (Memoirs), “Bucureşti” (Bucharest), “Cultura Naţională” (National Culture), all in 1923, “Getica” (1926), “Dacia: Civilizaţiile antice din ţările carpato-danubiene” (Dacia: an Outline of the Early Civilizations of the Carpatho-Danubian Countries, 1928). He played an important role in forming the new archaeological Romanian school and in organizing the Romanian school for young archaeologists and historians in Rome. Pârvan’s devotion and efforts brought him to an early death, 26th of June 1927, in Bucharest.

Nowadays, an important Romanian museum is named after the great historian. Opened all week, except Mondays, Vasile Pârvan’s Museum can be found in Bârlad, Vaslui county, on 1 Vasile Pârvan Street.

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