ŠarkamenThe oldest story of Negotin originates from the times of the Romans ( 3rd century A.D. ) , the age of tetrarchy – reign of the four. In an area adjacent to the village of Šarkamen the remnants of a residence of the emperor Maximinus Daia were found, as well as the golden jewelry which is in The National Museum in Belgrade.

It is presumed that the construction of the fort in Sarkamen started immediately after the inauguration of Maximinus Daia as Caesar, in 305 A. D.


The reasons for which this complex of buildings was left unfinished are unknown.

MAXIMINUS DAIA ( born November 270 A. D. , died in the summer of 313 A.D. ) was a Roman emperor. He was born in the east of today’s Serbia, in the eastern province called Upper Mesia in a family of shepherds and was raised in the waste lands of Šarkamen. He was of a humble descent and education. Growing up under the attention of his mother, he acquired true conservativism and repulsiveness towards the new, unskilled in speech and manners, discouraged in judgement and decision, he looked for respect of others and personal satisfaction through arrogance, cruelty, variety in lust and drunkenness, which altered his otherwise calm nature. He was endowed with handsomeness and violent strength, but not with military virtues. In the conflicts concerning the power, which shook the Empire, he suffered a great defeat. Soon after that he passed away.

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