when in Rome, do as the Romans do

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First attested in medieval Latin si fueris Rōmae, Rōmānō vīvitō mōre; si fueris alibī, vīvitō sicut ibi (if you should be in Rome, live in the Roman manner; if you should be elsewhere, live as they do there); which is attributed to St Ambrose.


when in Rome, do as the Romans do

  1. behave as those around do
  2. conform to the larger society

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  • S. S. Seferian, L. V. Hovhannisian, A. A. Lazarian (1986), English-Armenian Phraseological Dictionary, Yerevan: Yerevan University Press, page 179