si fueris Romae, Romano vivito more; si fueris alibi, vivito sicut ibi

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A Latin phrase meaning literally “if you are in Rome, live in the Roman way; if you are elsewhere, live as they do there” or “if in Rome, live in the Roman manner; if you are elsewhere, live as they do elsewhere”. A version of the advice given to St Ambrose, quoted by Jeremy Taylor, Ductor Dubitantium (1660).


  • (Classical) IPA(key): /siː ˈfu.e.riːs ˈroː.mae̯ roːˈmaː.noː ˈwiː.wi.toː ˈmoː.re siː ˈfu.e.riːs ˈː ˈwiː.wi.toː ˈsiː.kut ˈi.biː/, [siː ˈfʊ.ɛ.riːs ˈroː.mae̯ roːˈmaː.noː ˈwiː.wɪ.toː ˈmoː.rɛ siː ˈfʊ.ɛ.riːs ˈa.lɪ.biː ˈwiː.wɪ.toː ˈsiː.kʊt ˈɪ.biː]
  • (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /si ˈfu.e.ris ˈro.mɛ roˈ ˈ ˈ si ˈfu.e.ris ˈ ˈ ˈsi.kut ˈ, [si ˈfuː.e.ris ˈroː.mɛ roˈmaː.no ˈviː ˈmoː.re si ˈfuː.e.ris ˈaː ˈviː ˈsiː.kut ˈiː.bi]


fuerīs Rōmae, Rōmānō vīvitō mōre; fuerīs alibī, vīvitō sīcut ibī

  1. when in Rome, do as the Romans do