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Barbarians

 

(Greek barbaroi, Latin barbari), an onomatopoeic word used by the ancient Greeks and later by the Romans to designate all strangers who spoke in languages incomprehensible to them and who were alien to their culture. At the beginning of the Common Era, the name “barbarians” was applied with particular frequency to the Germanic peoples. (In modern history, the invasions by Germanic and other tribes during the first centuries A.D. have come to be called the barbarian conquests; the kingdoms founded by the barbarians on the territory of the Roman Empire are known as the barbarian kingdoms, and the written record of the common law of the Germanic tribes is known as barbarian law.) The barbarian conquests played a major role in the elimination of the slave-owning system and in the formation of feudal relations in the Roman Empire.

In the figurative sense, the term “barbarians” designates ignorant, crude, cruel people, destroyers of cultural values.

References in classic literature ?
Should you take that thing you call 'razor,'" she said, "and cut the hair from the face of Thirty-six, and exchange garments with him, you would be the barbarian and Thirty-six the civilized man.
But early in the fifth century the Romans, hard-pressed even in Italy by other barbarian invaders, withdrew all their troops and completely abandoned Britain.
Rather, there is stern satisfaction in the performance of the warrior's and the sea-king's task, the determination of a strong-willed race to assert itself, and do, with much barbarian boasting, what its hand finds to do in the midst of a difficult life and a hostile nature.
In which thirteen African Lions and twenty-two Barbarian Prisoners will war with each other until all are exterminated.
Lions head coach Warren Gatland was cautiously positive about the suggestion when it was raised in the aftermath of the 15-15 stalemate in Auckland, and the Barbarians have also confirmed their interest.
ENGLAND coach Eddie Jones has selected an intriguing mixture of youth and experience to face the Barbarians at Twickenham, and although betting on these fixtures is so often a minefield, there's one are area where the Barbarians look to have a real edge.
The messy boy receives a come-uppance when his slovenly habits lead to a problem with barbarians which affects the entire family in this whimsical story of why cleanliness is important even if barbarians are not involved
ROHAN Janse Van Rensburg's try earned South Africa a 31-31 draw with the Barbarians at Wembley after coming back from 31-19 behind.
BARBARIANS 31 SOUTH AFRICA 31 ROHAN Janse van Rensburg's try earned South Africa a draw with the Barbarians at Wembley Stadium after coming back from 31-19 behind.
NORTH Wales Barbarians proved there's no substitute for experience with a vintage performance, raising thousands of pounds for a teenager left paralysed after suffering a spinal stroke.
ENGLAND World Cup winner Will Greenwood will coach the Barbarians against South Africa in November.
Modzelewski presents students, academics, researchers, and professionals working in a wide variety of contexts with a comparative study of the contribution of the barbarians of Europe to Western civilization.