when in Rome, do as the Romans do


when in Rome, do as the Romans do
Cf. ST. AMBROSE, quoted in ST. AUGUSTINE Letters xxxvi. 32 (Migne), quando hic sum, non ieiuno sabbato; quando Romae sum, ieiuno sabbato, when I am here [i.e. Milan], I do not fast on Saturday; when I am in Rome, I fast on Saturday; 1660 quoted in verse form in JEREMY TAYLOR, Ductor Dubitantium (1851) I. i. 5. 5 cum fueris Romae, Romano vivito more, cum fueris alibi, vivito sicut ibi, when you’re in Rome, then live in Roman fashion; when you’re elsewhere, then live as there they live.

c 1475 in Modern Philology (1940) XXXVIII. 122 Whan tho herd hat Rome Do so of ther the dome [when you are at Rome do as they do there].

1552 R. TAVERNER tr. Erasmus’ Adages (ed. 3) 51v That which is commonly in euery mans mouth in England Whan you art at Rome, do as they do at Rome.

1766 in L. H. Butterfield et al. Adams Family Correspondence (1963) I. 55 My advice to you is among the Romans, do as the romans do.

1836 E. HOWARD Rattlin the Reefer I. xxii. ‘Do at Rome as the Romans do,’ is the essence of all politeness.

1960 N. MITFORD Don’t tell Alfred viii. ‘I thought the English never bothered about protocol?’ ‘When in Rome, however, we do as the Romans do.’

2001 Washington Post 8 Dec. A25 One woman stationed there [Saudi Arabia] who purports to be comfortable with the rules said, ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do.’ But how far does that go? To feeding the lions?


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