The Culture

The culture of Romania is certainly a unique culture, which is the item of its geography and its unique historical evolution. It is thought and speculated that Romanians, (Proto-Romanians, consisting of Aromanians, Megleno-Romanians, and Istro-Romanians) are the mix of descendants of Roman colonists and individuals indigenous to the area who were Romanized.

The Dacian individuals, one of the major native people of Central and Southeast Europe are among the predecessors of the Proto-Romanians. It is thought that a mixture of Romans, Dacians, Slavs and Illyrians are the ancestors of the Romanians, Aromanians (Vlachs), Megleno-Romanians, and Istro-Romanians. Romanian culture shares some similarities too with other ancient cultures even beyond the Balkans, such as that of the Armenians. Dacian gold bracelets are still on display in the National Museum of Romanian History, Bucharest.

Throughout late Antiquity and Middle Ages, the major influences originated from the Slavic peoples who migrated and settled south of the Danube; from middle ages Greeks, as well as the Byzantine Empire; from the Hungarians, the Germans, and especially Saxonian Germans and various other neighboring peoples. Modern Romanian culture emerged and established with many other impacts also, partially that of Central and Western Europe.

Romania’s history has had lots of rebounds: the culturally productive epochs were those of stability when individuals proved quite a remarkable resourcefulness in offsetting less propitious periods as well as were able to rejoin the preferred mainstream of European culture. This stands true for the years after the Phanariote-Ottoman duration, at the beginning of the 19th century, when Romanians had a favorable historical context and Romania began to end up being westernized, primarily with French impacts, which they pursued progressively and at a really fast speed.

From the end of the 18th century, the boys of the upper classes started having their education in places such as Paris, and French became (and was until the communist years) a natural second language of culture for Romanians. With the new arrival of Soviet Communism in the area, Romania rapidly adopted many Slavic influences, and Russian was also an extensively taught in the country during Romania’s “socialist” years.