frj frj at
Mon Sep 11 15:04:44 EST 1995

magicrat at (Gwendoly Piper) wrote:

>Actually, the "barbarian" cares for his own tribe, treats visitors with 
>respect, and fights his immediate  neighbors for resources when 
>necessary, regardless of whether they be the same ethnicity,  and who 
>makes war for any other reason would be considered a danger to the 
>survbival of ther tribe.

>A barbarian would not waste time, energy, and resources waging vendettas 
>against people he will never meet.

Funny - I was always taught that a barbarian, in its original context,
was anyone who was not Greek, and that later the word was used for
anyone that was not Roman, and still later anyone who was not studied
in the Greco-Roman Classics.

Now we have folks who have watched too much Conan trying to attach
some other concepts to the word.....

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