n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Die vertaling en interpretasie van twee beelde in van Hieronymus

Volume 41, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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In paragraph 12 of his (Letter 57) Jerome used two images of which the meaning is not clear. In this article the author attempts to shed light on the interpretation of these images by examining the immediate context of paragraph 12 and the broader context of the letter as a whole. This will include an examination of Jerome's use of sarcasm and irony, as well as the historical background of his polemic with Rufinus. The two images are : 1. 'Oleum perdit et inpensas, qui bovem mittit ad ceroma', and 2. 'Haec non est illius culpa, cuius sub persona alius agit tragoediam, sed magistrorum eius, qui illum magna mercede nihil scire docuerunt'. The author comes to the conclusion that both images deal with the question of learning and that Jerome uses these images in order to cast doubt on Rufinus' erudition. With the first image he implies that Rufinus' parents had wasted their money in sending him to school and in the second image his teachers are blamed for his ignorance.

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