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Barbarian is a word derived from the Greek bárbaros, used among the Ancient Greeks to describe all foreigners, including the Ancient Romans. The “bar bar” sound is probably representing the perception by Greeks of languages other than their own. It soon assumed a deeply negative meaning, becoming associated with the vices and savage natures which the Greeks attributed to their enemies. The Romans adopted the word for all peoples other than those under Greco-Roman influence and domination. The world has also become synonymous with a general lack of civilization.

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