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Rome Falls: The sack of Rome in 455 by the Vandals signaled the collapse of the Roman Empire.

What Is a Barbarian?

The word “barbarian” originated in ancient Greece, and was initially used to describe all non-Greek-speaking peoples, including Persians, Egyptians, Medes and Phoenicians. The ancient Greek word “bárbaros,” from which it derives, meant “babbler,” and was onomatopoeic: In the Greek ear, speakers of a foreign tongue made unintelligible sounds (“bar bar bar”). Late in the Roman Empire, the word “barbarian” came to refer to all foreigners who lacked Greek and Roman traditions, especially the various tribes and armies putting pressure on Rome’s borders. Read More

Rome Didn't Fall in A Day

Vandals Sacking Rome

6 Infamous Sacks of Rome

Take a look back at six of the most damaging raids on the Eternal City. Read More
Ancient Rome

8 Reasons Rome Fell

Find out why one of history's most legendary empires finally came crashing down. Read More

Branded by the Romans as brutish, violent and uncivilized, these “barbarian” groups proved to be formidable opponents on the field of battle, applying relentless pressure that would eventually topple the Western Roman Empire.

Who Were They?


8 Famous Barbarians

These fierce warrior leaders tested their mettle in brutal clashes with the Romans, and with each other. Read More
Goths and Vandals

The Goths and Vandals

Two of the Germanic groups that clashed with the Roman Empire throughout Europe and North Africa. Read More

Who was Boudica?

Boudica was a Celtic queen who led a revolt against Roman rule in ancient Britain in A.D. 60 or 61. Read More
Hannibal of Carthage


Find out what made this Carthaginian general one of the greatest military commanders in history. Read More
Attila the Hun

Attila the Hun

Attila the Hun was one of the most fearsome enemies the Romans ever faced. Read More

Hannibal: A Campaign of Vengeance: The son of a Carthaginian warrior, Hannibal will stop at nothing to wipe out the Roman Republic.

More About the Roman Empire

Ancient Rome

Ancient Rome

Find out more about the history of Ancient Rome, including videos, articles, pictures, historical features and more. Read More
Rome Ancient Supercity


Rome was a city of “firsts”—the first apartment buildings, central heating and even the world’s first shopping mall. Find Out More
The Byzantine Empire

The Byzantine Empire

Explore 10 fascinating facts about the medieval empire that linked the classical world and the Renaissance. Read More
The Roman Colosseum

Photo Gallery

Explore the wonders of Roman architecture and engineering in this exclusive slideshow. See More

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Barbarian Weapons

7 Legendary Barbarian Weapons

Take a closer look at seven weapons the warrior tribes used to take on the Roman Empire. Read More
The Dark Ages

6 Reasons the Dark Ages Weren't So Dark

The centuries following the fall of the Roman Empire in 476 A.D. are often referred to as the Dark Ages—but were they really? Read More
The Punic Wars

The Punic Wars - Topic

Get the story behind this century-long clash between the city-state of Carthage and the powerful Roman Empire. Read More
Ancient History

Ancient History - Topic

From the Great Pyramid and the Great Wall to the legendary leaders of Rome and Greece, get the best of ancient history. Read More
Middle Ages

Middle Ages - Topic

Explore the 1,000-year period between the fall of Rome and the beginning of the Renaissance. Read More