Preliminary Remarks on the Latin of Jerome

Authors

  • Miran Sajovic Salesian Pontifical University in Rome, Italy

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4312/clotho.3.2.93-112

Keywords:

Jerome, stylistics, Latin translation, Christian Latin, Latin style

Abstract

The paper presents a preliminary study on the linguistic elements and the diversity of Jerome’s Latin, with examples taken from some of his most notable works, his letters, biblical translations, Vita Malchi, and De viris illustribus, to demonstrate his particular contribution to the oft-discussed and problematized domain, namely the Latinitas Christianorum. The article offers a general overview of Jerome’s literary formation, discussing the influence by classical Latin writers. To illustrate the kaleidoscope of Jerome’s writing style, the analysis presents various genres of his writings, ranging from his biblical to non-biblical translation, from reference books and dictionaries to letters and biographies. The conclusion presents some of the linguistic characteristics of his writings to show the nuance in his mastery of Latin.

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24.12.2021

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Sajovic, Miran. 2021. “Preliminary Remarks on the Latin of Jerome”. Clotho 3 (2):93-112. https://doi.org/10.4312/clotho.3.2.93-112.

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