Talk:Terry Jones' Barbarians
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I did not place the cleanup banner but I did place the advert banner. This article is little more than a list of episode titles with a "press release" tacked on at the end. A press release has NO place in an encyclopedia article. It should be removed, and what remains should be reduced to a stub until someone has time and knowledge to expand this meaningfully. Agreed? 126.96.36.199 19:33, 13 August 2007 (UTC)
I saw this documentary and found it very infomative, and the information seemed credible. Nontheless, I wonder if there are any criticisms from scholars who feel the series fundamentally misrepresents facts or is biased in some way. I'd love to hear the debate, if there is any...188.8.131.52 (talk) 10:03, 29 December 2007 (UTC)
- I found the docu to be lacking, and also disinformative. Saying that Caesar conquered Gaul to take control of their goldmines is conjecture; also during the docu "the Celts", using wrong dates, 54A.D. instead of 54 B.C., is very unprofessional. Nathraq (talk) 15:57, 4 May 2009 (UTC)
- Over the line anti-Catholic bigotry and a complete misunderstanding of what the Greek word "barbarian" means (someone who cannot speak the common tongue -Greek for the Hellenes, Latin for the Romans) . Interviews with experts do not have opposing views presented and the historical facts are often mixed-up or over-simplified (eg. Gauls and Celts do not mean the same the thing, the Romans did not have "knights"). I'll try to find an academic review, but most are bloggers or on Amazon.
"Barbaros", "varvaros" or "tartaros" refers to outside peoples who appeared to be unable to make developed sounds for the purpose of speech, they were viewed as having 'flat' tongues and were described as making grunting sounds. That is not entirely what the term barbarian meant, because the term for someone that does not speak 'hellenika' (greek) is the word "oh-ou-tos". — Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 03:52, 12 August 2012 (UTC)
Regarding the unsigned comment above: yes indeed, The term "barbarian" is Greek and referred to any non-Greek speaker, because to them, the joke went, anyone speaking a foreign language sounded as if they were saying "bla, bla, bla,". Among the MANY inaccuracies in this mockumentary is Jones attributing that attitude and word solely to the Romans. Philosopher2king (talk)