By TOBY LICHTIG
Today is International Translation Day. Merry rendering one and all, and hats off to an often undervalued and generally underpaid profession. And why September 30? Ah, because today is also the feast of St Jerome and St Jerome is, informally at least, the patron saint of translators.
Born in today’s Croatia, around 347, Jerome studied Greek and Latin in Rome, and later Hebrew. Appointed papal secretary by Pope Damascus I, he was asked to provide a translation of the Gospels from Greek into Latin, and later translated the Old Testament from Hebrew into Latin, creating, in both versions, what came to be known as the Vulgate. He died in Bethlehem in 420.