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Barbari váru kallaðar fyrst af lǫngu skeggi ok ljótum búnaði þær þjóðir, er byggðu á hávum fjǫllum ok í þykkjum skógum, þvíat svá sem ásjóna þeira ok búnaðr var ófægiligr hjá hæversku ok hirðbúnaði Rómverja, slíkt sama var ok orðtak þeira ótogit hjá máls-greinum Látínu-snillinga.
(Those races with long beards and dirty dress who lived in high mountains and dense forests were first called barbarians, because just as their appearance and dress were unattractive by the side of the good manners and courtly dress of the Romans, likewise was their mode of speech unrefined compared with the discourse of those who were masters of Latin. )
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