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.

Proverb[edit]

when in Rome, do as the Romans do

  1. behave as those around do
  2. conform to the larger society
  3. respect the beliefs and practices of a local culture

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References[edit]

  • Seferyan, S. S.; Hovhannisyan, L. V.; Lazaryan, A. A. (1986) Angleren-hayeren darjvacabanakan baṙaran [English–Armenian Phraseological Dictionary], Yerevan: University Press, page 179