n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - 'Heri catechumenus, hodie pontifex' (Jerome . 69.9.4)

Volume 36 Number 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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In his important study of the relations between Jerome and Ambrose, Paredi identified the series of antitheses in the second of these sentences as an allusion to Ambrose's election as bishop of Milan. Recently Nauroy has questioned whether the reference is in fact to Ambrose. However the identification has also been reaffirmed by Testard. It is not the aim of the present note to consider the possible relevance of this passage to Jerome's relationship with Ambrose. Jerome's words also merit examination from a different angle: hitherto no commentator has enquired whether Jerome might have had a literary source for the very striking formulation which he employs here. It is the purpose of this paper to suggest one.

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