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From: "CJMax" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] etymological root of Britannia
Date: Tue, 28 Jun 2005 09:04:35 -0500
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Barbarian comes from the Latin "Barbar". The Romans used this word
basically for anyone outside their immediate borders of Italy if they were
not Roman citizens, etc.. They were not very selective in its use according
to my Latin teachers.

Cliff. Johnston
"May the best you've ever seen,
Be the worst you'll ever see;"
from A Scots Toast by Robert Burns
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From: "John Conley" <>
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Sent: Tuesday, June 28, 2005 8:55 AM
Subject: Re: [DNA] etymological root of Britannia

> Many anthropoligists would be shocked at the term barbarian. In fact, the
> residents of 'britain' and the Celts were considered an advanced
> civilisation. It's a skewed version of history taught in schools that has
> lead to people romanticising the Greeks and Romans and calling the peoples
> of 'britian' barbarians.
> At least when it comes to the Romans, the current thinking is quite the
> opposite. There are a lot of new theories where the real enlightenment
> moved
> from the west of Europe to the east.
> On 6/28/05, Mary Jo Neyer <> wrote:
>> Britannia is not derived from a Greek word. The closest word in Greek
>> is (excuse the Roman letters) "prutanis", which means "lord" or "ruler".
>> The Greeks certainly would not apply this honorary term to barbarians.
>> The Greek historians must have recorded what the words used by local
>> inhabitants in the far northwestern isles sounded like to the Greek
>> seamen who visited the isles.
>> Mary Jo
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