Translated by Kirsty Bennett, Matt Canty and haiducul
The Dacian army was a strong military force but it wasn’t as big as the Roman army, never numbering more than 50.000 soldiers. The army was made up of cavalry who fought with bows and foot soldiers who were armed with curved swords (sicae) and straight swords (falces). Their flag emblem was of a well-known dragon called draco. The army used the natural environment (i.e. mountains and valleys) to their advantage when building their fortification systems, especially the ones close to the Dacian capital.
Decebalus tried to establish an anti-Roman system of alliances with his neighbours the Bastarns and Sarmats and also with the Parthian kingdom by sending an ambassador to the Parthianking, Parcorus II, before the second war with the Romans.