Expressions from the Ancient World Quoted by St. Jerome

St. Jerome is a tad slaphappy and humorous in his short book Against Helvidius (Contra Helvidium), probably because he wrote it in a single night.

Albus… aterve sis, nescio.

“I don’t know whether you be white or black.”

Expression meaning: “I don’t know you from Adam.”

Camelum vidimus saltitantem.

“We’ve seen a camel dance.”

Expression meaning: Seeing something attempted by someone not fitted for it, which makes the results strange and ridiculous.


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