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Rome Falls: The sack of Rome in 455 by the Vandals signaled the collapse of the Roman Empire.
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
6 Infamous Sacks of Rome
Take a look back at six of the most damaging raids on the Eternal City.
8 Reasons Rome Fell
Find out why one of history's most legendary empires finally came crashing down.
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.
8 Famous Barbarians
These fierce warrior leaders tested their mettle in brutal clashes with the Romans, and with each other.
The Goths and Vandals
Two of the Germanic groups that clashed with the Roman Empire throughout Europe and North Africa.
Who was Boudica?
Boudica was a Celtic queen who led a revolt against Roman rule in ancient Britain in A.D. 60 or 61.
Find out what made this Carthaginian general one of the greatest military commanders in history.
Attila the Hun
Attila the Hun was one of the most fearsome enemies the Romans ever faced.
Hannibal: A Campaign of Vengeance: The son of a Carthaginian warrior, Hannibal will stop at nothing to wipe out the Roman Republic.
Find out more about the history of Ancient Rome, including videos, articles, pictures, historical features and more.
Rome was a city of “firsts”—the first apartment buildings, central heating and even the world’s first shopping mall.
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The Byzantine Empire
Explore 10 fascinating facts about the medieval empire that linked the classical world and the Renaissance.
Explore the wonders of Roman architecture and engineering in this exclusive slideshow.
7 Legendary Barbarian Weapons
Take a closer look at seven weapons the warrior tribes used to take on the Roman Empire.
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?
The Punic Wars - Topic
Get the story behind this century-long clash between the city-state of Carthage and the powerful Roman Empire.
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.
Middle Ages - Topic
Explore the 1,000-year period between the fall of Rome and the beginning of the Renaissance.