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St Hilary of Poitiers

Subject: Religion

(c.315–67/8), the foremost Latin theologian of his age. A convert from paganism, he was elected Bp. of Poitiers c.350. He became involved in the Arian disputes and, probably as ...


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Clara Auvray-Assayas, Christian Bernier, Barbara Cassin, André Paul, and Irène Rosier-Catach

Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon

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...[ ad sensum interpretati sunt ],” or some others, like Saint Hilary of Poitiers, who “captured the ideas in his own language by the law of the victor [ victoris jure transposuit ]” (ibid.). For the sacred texts, Jerome requires verbum e verbo . But what this means is that he does not want to lose a single word, for each and every one contains part of the divine “mystery” ( mysterium or sacramentum ). He is thus a “translator” and not a “prophet”: “It is,” he states, “the erudition and richness of the words that translate what one understands [ eruditio et...