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barbărus , a, um (
I.gen. plur. m. barbarum, Tac. A. 14, 39; 15, 25), adj., = βάρβαρος [cf. barrio; balo, balbus; blatio].
I. Prop., foreign, strange, barbarous, opp. to Greek or Roman.
A. In gen.: “hospes,Plaut. Rud. 2, 7, 25: “mixta facit Graiis barbara turba metum,Ov. Tr. 5, 10, 28; Hor. C. 1, 29, 6: “reges,id. ib. 1, 35, 11.—Hence, in Tac., in barbarum, adverb., in the manner or according to the custom of foreigners or barbarians: “civitas potens, neque in barbarum corrupta,Tac. A. 6, 42; id. H. 5, 2.— As subst.: barbărus , i, m., a foreigner, stranger, barbarian: “sin hoc et ratio doctis et necessitas barbaris praescripsit,Cic. Mil. 11, 30; Cic. Verr. 2, 4, 50, § 112; 2, 5, 60, § 157: “quo neque noster adit quisquam, nec barbarus audet,Lucr. 6, 37: “quippe simul nobis habitat discrimine nullo Barbarus,Ov. Tr. 5, 10, 30: “barbarorum soli prope Germani singulis uxoribus contenti,Tac. G. 18: “barbari praestabant non modicam humanitatem,Vulg. Act. 28, 1.—
B. Esp., of a particular people, in opp. to Greek or Roman or both; cf.: “Romanus Graiusque ac barbarus induperator,Juv. 10, 138 (cf.: barbaria, barbaricus, and Fest. s. v. barbari, p. 36 Müll.).
1. (In the mouth of a Greek, or in opp. to Greek.) Italian, Roman, Latin (never so used by the Romans): “nam os columnatum poetae esse inaudivi barbaro (sc. Naevio) (words of the Ephesian Periplectomenes),Plaut. Mil. 2, 2, 58; id. Stich. 1, 3, 40: “i, stultior es barbaro Poticio,id. Bacch. 1, 2, 15: absurdum erat aut tantum barbaris casibus Graecam litteram (φ) adhibere, aut recto casu Graece loqui, Cic. Or. 48, 160.—So also,
b. In the mouth of a Macedonian: “cum alienigenis, cum barbaris aeternum omnibus Graecis bellum est eritque,Liv. 31, 29, 15.—And,
c. In reference to the inhabitants of Pontus: “barbarus hic ego sum, quia non intellegor ulli,Ov. Tr. 5, 10, 37.—
4. In gen., for any hostile people (among the Romans, after the Aug. age, esp. the German tribes, as, among the Greeks, after the Persian war, the Persians): “opinio, quae animos gentium barbararum pervaserat,Cic. Imp. Pomp. 9, 23; id. Sull. 27, 76; of the Gauls, Liv. 6, 42, 7; the Germans, Tac. H. 4, 29; 5, 14; id. A. 1, 64; Suet. Aug. 21; id. Tib. 9; id. Calig. 5; 47; 51; id. Galb. 6; id. Dom. 6; 12; Amm. 18, 2, 5: “ut sunt fluxioris fidei barbari,id. 18, 2, 18; the Thracians, Nep. Alcib. 7, 4; Tac. A. 4, 47; 11, 51; Carthaginians, Nep. Timol. 1, 1; Cilicians, id. Thras. 4, 4; Phœnicians and Cyprians, id. Cim. 2, 3; Parthians, Suet. Vesp. 8; Tac. A. 2, 2; 13, 26; Africans, Cic. Att. 9, 7; Suet. Galb. 7; Claud. 42; Tac. A. 4, 25; Britons, id. ib. 16, 17; 12, 35; 14, 32; even of the Dassaretians, a Greek people, Liv. 31, 33, 5; while the Romans did not elsewhere use barbarus for Greek.—
II. Transf., foreign, strange, in mind or character.
A. In mind, uncultivated, ignorant; rude, unpolished: “qui aliis inhumanus ac barbarus, isti uni commodus ac disertus videretur,Cic. Verr. 2, 3, 9, § 23: “ecqua civitas est... aut tam potens aut tam libera aut etiam tam inmanis ac barbara, etc.,id. ib. 2, 4, 11, § “24: nationes,Tac. H. 3, 5; Prop. 2, 16, 27: “Maroboduus... natione magis quam ratione barbarus,Vell. 2, 108, 2.—Comp., of verses: “non sunt illa suo barbariora loco,Ov. Tr. 5, 1, 72.—
B. Of character, wild, savage, cruel, barbarous: “neque tam barbari linguā et natione illi, quam tu naturā et moribus,Cic. Verr. 2, 4, 50, § 112: “immanis ac barbara consuetudo hominum immolandorum,id. Font. 14, 31 (10, 21); id. Phil. 3, 6, 15; 13, 9, 21: “gens,id. Sull. 27, 76: “homines,Cic. Verr. 2, 1, 32, § 81: “homo,id. ib. 2, 5, 57, § “148: pirata,id. Rosc. Am. 50, 146: “praedones,Cic. Verr. 2, 4, 55, § 122; Tib. 2, 5, 48: “tollite barbarum Morem,Hor. C. 1, 27, 2: “Medea,id. Epod. 5, 61: “domina,id. C. 3, 27, 66: “libidines,id. ib. 4, 12, 7: “ignis,Ov. M. 14, 574: “populus,Vulg. Psa. 113, 1.— * Comp.: “sacra barbariora,Ov. P. 3, 2, 78.— Sup. not in use.—Hence, adv.: barbărē .
A. Prop., as a foreigner would, in a foreign tongue: Demophilus scripsit; “Marcus vortit barbare,” i. e. into Latin, Plaut. As. prol. 10; id. Trin. prol. 19; cf. barbarus, I. B. 1. —
B. Transf.
b. Rudely, roughly, barbarously, cruelly: “dulcia barbare Laedentem oscula,Hor. C. 1, 13, 15: “ferociter et barbare facere,Vulg. 2 Macc. 15, 2.
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