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B A R ARBARUS (Francis), a noble Venetian, was a north to south, does not exceed 128 German miles. Barbary. Barbary. man of great fame in theigth century, not only for More particularly, Barbary begins on the west

of the learning, but likewise for a kilful address in the ma. famed mount Atlas, called by the Arabs Ay Duacal, nagement of public affairs. He is author of a book De or Al Duacal, inclosing the ancient kingdoms of Suez Re Uxoria, and some speeches.

and Dela, now provinces of Morocco; thence stretch-
BARBARUS (Hermolaus), grandson of the preceding, ing north-eastward along the Atlantic to the pillars of
one of the most learned men in the 15th century. The Hercules at Cape Finisterre, then along the coast of the
public employments he was entrusted with early, did Mediterranean, it is at last bounded by the city of A.
not prevent him from cultivating polite learning with lexandria in Egypt.
great application. As he was very skilful in the Greck, Concerning the origin of the name Barbary, there whence
he undertook the most difficult translations, and began are many conjectures. According to some, the Ro- named.
with a famous paraphrafe upon Aristotle. He then mans, after they had conquered this large country,
attempted Dioscorides, whose text he corrested, gave gave it that name out of contempt and dislike to the
a tranflation of him, and added a commentary. But barbarous manners of the natives, according to their
of all his works, there is none which has gained him so custom of calling all other people but themselves Bar.
much reputation as that which he made upon Pliny s barians. Marmol, on the contrary, derives the word
he corrected in him above 5000 passages, and occa. Barbary from Berber, a name which the Arabs gave
fionally restored 300 in · Pomponius Mela. Pope In- to its ancient inhabitants, and which they retain to
nocent VIII. to whom he was ambassador, conferred this day in many parts of the country, especially along
the patriarchate of Aquileia upon him. He was fo the great ridge of the mountains of Atlas; and which
imprudent as to accept of it without waiting for the name was given them on account of the barrenness of
consent of bis fuperiors ; though he could not be ig- their country. According to Leo Africanus, the name
norant that the republic of Venice had made laws to of Barbary was given by the Arabs on account of the
forbid all the ministers they sent to the court of Rome strange language of the natives, which appeared to
to accept any benefice. His superiors were inflexible; them more like a murmur or grumbling of some brute
and not being able to gain any thing upon them either animals than articulate sounds. Others, however, de-
by his flattery or his father's intereft, the father died rive it from the Arabic word bar, fignifying a desart,
of grief, and the fon foon followed him.

twice repeated; which was given by one Ifric, or A.
BARBARUS (Daniel), of the same family with the fricus, a king of Arabia, from whom the whole conti-
preceding, was patriarch of Aquileia, and famous for nent of Africa is pretended to have taken its name.
his learning. He was ambassador from Venice to According to them, this king being driven out of his
England; and was one of the fathers of the council of own dominions, and closely pursued by his enemies, some
Trent, where he acted with great zeal for the interest of his retinue called out to him Bar, bar, that is, T.
of the pope. He wrote, 1. A commentary upon Vi- the defart, To the desart ; from which the country was
truvius. 2. Catena Græcorum Patrum in quinquagin- afterwards called Barbary.
ta Pfalmos Latine versa. 3. La Prattica della Per. Among the Romans this country was divided into

Subject to
Spectiva. He died in 1569, at 41 years


the provinces of Mauritania, Africa Propria, &c. and the Roe
BARBARY, a kingdom of Africa, including the they continued absolute masters of it from the time of mans.
ftates of Algiers, Morocco, Tripoli, and Tunis; (see Julius Cæsar till the year of Christ 428. At that time
those articles). This country contain almofl the whole Bonifacius the Roman governor of these provinces,

of what the Romans poffeffed of the continent of A. having through the treachery of Ætius been forced to Extent, &c. frica, excepting Egypt. It stretches itself in length revolt, called in to his affiftance Genseric king of the B nifacius

from east to weft, beginning at the southern limits of Vandals, who had been some time settled in Spain.calls in the
Egypt, to the straits of Gibraltar full 35 degrees of The terms offered, according to Procopius, were, that Vandals.
longitude ; and from thence to Santa Cruz, the utmost Genseric Mould have two thirds, and Bonifacius one
weitern edge of it, about fix more, in all 41 degrees; third, of Africa, provided they could maintain them- .
so that the utmost length of Barbary from east to west felves against the Roman power; and to accomplish this
is computed at above 759 German leagues. On the they were to aflifl each other to the utmost. This pro-
fouth, indeed, it is confined within much narrower posal was instantly complied with ; and Genseric set sail
bounds, extending no farther than from 27 to 357 de from Spain in
grees of north latitude ; so that its utmost breadth from according to
VOL. III. Part I.

Come, or only 24,000 according to o.



fuade them to return.


ihe Koman


Barbary. thers, together with their wires, children, and all their against so powerful an enemy. Accordingly, he fitted Barbary.

effects. In the mean time, however, the Empress Pla- out a fleet consisting of 1100 large ships; and putting
cidia having discovered the true cause of Bonifacius's on board of it the Aower of his army, under the con-
revolt, wrote a most kind and obliging letter to him, duct of Arcovindas, Anfilus, and Gerinanus, he or-
in which she assured him of her favour and protection dered them to land in Africa, and, joining the western
for the future, exhorting him to return to his duty, and forces there, to drive Genseric out of the countries he
exert his usual zeal for the welfare of the empire, by had seized. But Genseric in the mean time pretending
driving out the Barbarians whom the malice of his a defire to be reconciled with both empires, amused
enemies had obliged him to call in for his own safety the Roman general with proposals of peace, till the
and preservation.

feason for action was over; and, next year, TheodoEndeavours

Bonifacius readily complied with this request, and fius being obliged to recall his forces to oppose the unsuccess- offered the Vandals considerable sums if they would Huns, Valentinian found it necessary to conclude a fully to per-retire out of Africa and return to Spain. But Genfe. peace with ihe Vandals ; and this he could obtain on

ric, already master of the greatest part of the country, no other terms than yielding to them the quiet poffet-
firit returned a scoffing answer, and then, falling unex- fion of the countries they had seized.
pectedly on him, cut most of his men in pieces, and So powerful was Genseric now become, or rather
obliged Bonifacius himself to fly to Hippo, which place fo low was the Roman empire by this time reduced,
he invested in May 430. The liege lasted till the that in 455, he took and plundered the city of Rome
month of July the following year ; when the Vandals itself, as is fully related under the article Rome; and,
were forced, by a famine that began to rage in their after his return to Africa, made himself maiter of the Makes
camp, to drop the enterprize, and retire. Soon after, remaining countries held by the Romans in that part himself ma-
Bonifacius having received two reinforcements, one of the world. Hereupon Avitns, who had succeeded fer of all
from Rome, and the other, under the conduct of the Valentinian in the empire, dispatched ambassadors to

provinces. celebrated Aspar, from Conftantinople, a resolution Genseric, putting him in mind of the treaty he had 6

was taken by the Roman generals to offer the enemy concluded with the empire in 442 ; and threatening, if Romans battle. The Vandals readily accepting the challenge, a he did not observe the articles at that time agreed updefeated by bloody engagement ensued, in which the Romans were on, to make war upon him not only with his own forking the utterly defeated; a prodigious number of them taken, ces, but with those of his allies the Veligoths, who Vaudais.

and the rest obliged to shelter themselves among the were ready to pass over into Africa. To this Genseric
rocks and mountains. Aspar, who commanded the was so far from paying any regard, that he immediate-
ealtern troops, escaped with difficulty to Conftantic ly put to sea with a fleet of 60 ships ; but being at. Deseated
nople, and Bonifacius was recalled to Italy. Upon tacked by the Roman fleet under Ricimer, he was ut- b; Ricimer

and Majo-
their departure, the Vandals over-ran all Africa, com- terly defeated, and forced to fly back into Africa : he
mitting cvery where the most terrible ravages; which returned, however, foon after with a more powerful
ftruck the inhabitants of Hippo with fuch terror, that fleet, committing great ravages on the coat of Italy:
they abandoned their city, which was first plundered, but in a second expedition he was not attended with to
and then set on fire by the victorious enemy; so that good success ; the Romans falling unexpectedly upon
Cirtha and Carthage were now the only strong places his men while bulied in plundering the country, put
poffeffed by the Romans.

great numbers of them to the sword, and among the
Peace como In 435, Genferic, probably being afraid of an at- rest the brother-in-law of Genseric-himself. Not con-
cluded with tack by the united forces of the eastern and western tent with this small advantage, Majorianus, at that
The Van.

empires, concluded a peace with the Romans, who time emperor, resolved to pass over into Africa, and
yielded to him part of Numidia, the province of Pro attempt the recovery of that country. For this pur-
confularis, and likewise Byzacene; for which, accord. pose he made great preparations ; but his fleet beiug
ing to Prosper, he was to pay a yearly tribute to the surprised and defeated by the Vandals, through the
emperor of the east. Genferic delivered up his fon treachery, it is said, of some of his commanders, the
Hunnerie by way of hostage ; but fo great was the enterprize miscarried.
confidence which the Romans placed in this Barbarian, Notwithstanding this misfortune, however, Majo-
that feine time after they sent him back his son. Of rianus persisted in his resolution ; and would in all like.

this they foon had reason to repent; for in 439, the lihood have accomplished his purpose, had not he him8 Ronans being engaged in a war with the Goths in self been murdered soon after by Ricimer. After his Genferic's Gaul, Genferie laid hold of that opportunity to seize death, Genseric committed what ravages he pleased in treachery.

upon the city of Carthage; by which he considerably the poor remains of the western empire, and even made
enlarged his African dominions. Valentinian, the Ro. descents on Peloponnefus and the islands belonging to
man emperor, however, maintained as long as he lived, the emperor of Constantinople. To revenge this affront, Genferic
the two Mauritanias, with Tripolitana, Tingitana, and Leo made vast preparations for the invalion of Africa, cefeats the
that part of Numidia where Cirtha stood.

eattern emOn the taking of Carthage, Genseric made it the 130,000 pounds weight of gold in the equipment of his



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infomuch, that, according to Procopius, he laid out

peror's feat of his empire ; and in 440 made a descent on the army

and navy. The forces employed on this occasion island of Sicily, where he ravaged the open country, were fufficient for expelling the Vandals, had they and even laid fiege to Palermo. Not being able, how- been much more powerful than they were ; but the ever, to reduce that place, he soon returned to Africa command being given to Bafiliscus a covetous and amwith an inmense booty and a vast number of captives. bitious man, the feet was utterly defeated through his Being now become formidable to both empires, Theo. treachery, and all the vast preparations came to nothing. dofius emperor of the east resolved to allilt Valentinian By this lait defeat the power of the Vandals in Africa




Barbary. was fully established, and Genseric made himself maller time engaged in a war with Persia, he fent a power. Barbary.

of Sicily, as well as of all the other islands between ful Aeet and army to Africa, under the command of Kingdom of Italy and Africa, without opposition from the weftern the celebrated general Belisarius, who was for that the Vandals emperors, whose power was entirely taken away in the reason recalled from Perlia. founded. year 476.

So much waz Gilimer, all this time, taken up with Thus was the Vandalic monarchy in Barbary founded his own pleasures, or with opprefsing his subjects, that Barbarity by Genseric, between the years 428 and 468. If we he knew little or nothing of the 'formidable preparaand tyran. take a view of that prince's government in his new do- tions that were making againtt him. On the arrival of ny of Gen- minions, it presents no very agrecable prospect. Being Belisarius, however, he was constrained to put himself Caric.

himself an absolute barbarian in the stricteit sense of the into a posture of defence. The management of his
word, and an utter ftranger to every useful art, he did army he committed to his two brothers Gundimer and
not fail to show his own prowess by the destruction of Gelamund, who accordingly attacked the Romans at
all the monuments of Roman greatness which were fo the head of a numerous force. The engagement was
numerous in the country he had conquered. Accord- long and bloody; but at last the Vandals were defeated, Defeats the
ingly, instead of improving his country, he laid it and the two princes Nain. Gilimer, grown desperate Vandals ;
waste, by demolishing all the stately structures both at this news, sallied out at the head of his corps de re-
public and private, and all other valuable and sump: ferve, with full purpose to renew the attack with the
tuous works with which those proud conquerors had utmost vigour ; but by his own indiscretion loft a fair
adorned this part of their dominions. So that, what opportunity of defeating the Romans. For no sooner
ever monuments the Romans had been at such an im- did they perceive Gilimer haftening after them at the
mense expence to erect, in order to eternize their own head of a fresh army, than they betook themselves to
glory, the barbarous Vandals were now at no less pains flight; and the greatest part were dispersed in such a
to reduce into heaps of ruins. Besides this kind of manner, that, had the king followed them close, they
devastation, Genseric made his dominions a scene of must have been totally cut off

. Instead of this, how-
blood and Naughter, by persecuting the orthodoxever, stumbling unfortunately on the body of one of his
Christians ; being himself, as well as most of his coun- fain brothers, the fight of it made him lose all thoughts
trymen, a zealous Arian; and for this his long about the enemy; and instead of pursuing them, he
reign is chiefly remarkable. He died in 477, after a spent part of his time in idle lamentations, and part in
reign of 60 years; and was succeeded by his fon Hun- burying the corpse with suitable pomp and dignity.

By this means Belisarius had an opportunity of rally14 Hunneric a

The new king proved yet a greater tyrant than his ing his men ; which he did so effectually, that, coming blooty ty- father, persecuting the orthodox with the utmost fury; viexpectedly upon Gilimer, he easily gained a new and

and, during his short reign of seven years and an half, complete victory over him.

destroyed more of them than Genferic had done in all This defeat was followed by the loss of Carthage, Takes CarHis terrible his lifetime. He is faid to have died in the same man- which the barbarians had been at no pains to put into thage; death. ner as the heresiarch Arius * : before which time his a posture of defence. After which Gilimer, having in * Sve Arius. Aeth had been rotting upon his bones, and crawling vain endeavoured to obtain affittance from the Moors and

with worms, so that he looked more like a dead car- Goths, was obliged to recal his brother Tzafon from
case than a living man. Concurning his successors Gu. Sardinia. The meeting between the two brothers was
tamund, Thrasamund, and Hilderic, we find nothing very mournful ; but they soon came to a resolution of
remarkable, except that they sometimes persecuted, making one desperate attempt to regain the loit king-
and sometimes were favourable to, the orthodox; and dom, or at least recover their captives out of the hands
by his favour for them the last king was ruined. For, of the enemy. The consequence of this resolution was
having unadviledly published, in the beginning of his another engagement, in which Tzafon was killed with

reign, a manifesto, wherein he repealed all the acts of 800 of his choiceft men, while the Romans lott no 16

more than 50 ; after which Belisarius moving suddenhis predecessors againt the orthodox, a rebellion was Hilderic

the immediate consequence. At the head of the mal- ly forward at the head of all his army, fell upon the depofid by contents was one Gilimer, or Gildemar, a prince of camp of the Vandals. This Gilimer was no sooner apGilimer. the blood-royal, who by degrees became fo powerful, prised of, than, without staying to give any more orders

as to depose Hilderic in the seventh year of his reign; to the rest of his army, he fled towards Numidia in the
after which he caused the unhappy monarch with all utmost confternation. His flight was not immediate-
his family to be closely confined, and was himself ly known among his troops; but when it was, such an
crowned king of the Vandals at Carthage.

universal confulion ensued, that they abandoned their
Gilimer proved a greater tyrant than any that had camp to the Romans, who had now nothing to do but
gone before him. He not only cruelly perfecuted the plunder it ; and not content with this, they mafsacred
orthodox, but horribly oppressed all the rett, so that all the men found in it, carrying away the women cap-

he was held in universal abhorrence and deteftation tives Belisarius when the Greek emperor Justinian projected an invasion Thus a total end was put to the power of the Van. And puts Ints'e: A. of Africa. This expedition of Juftinian’s is said to dals in Barbary, and the Romans once more became an end frica; have been occafioned by an apparition of Lætus an masters of this country.

The Vandal inhabitants were African bishop, who had been murdered some time be- permitted to remain as they were, on condition of ex-chy. fore, but now commanded the emperor to attempt the changing the heresy of Arius for the orthodox faith. recovery of Africa, and assured him of success. Ac. As for Gilimer, he fled with the utmost expedition to cordingly, this, or some other motive, prevailed upon 'Medamus, a town situated on the top of the Pappuan Juttinian so far, that, notwithttanding his being at that mountain, and alınot inaccessible by reafun of its

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