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Barbarians   The Roman name for the Germanic tribes, such as the Goths, Visigoths and Vandals. In AD 410 the Goths invaded Italy, and 45 years later the Vandals overran Rome itself. 

Black Death   A disease that swept across Asia and Europe in the 14th century, also known as the plague. Its name may have come from the black spots that appeared on victims. The Black Death was carried by fleas on rats, although no one knew this at the time.

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