Eusebius Sophronius Hieronymus was born at Stridon around 347 He was of Illyrian ancestry and his native tongue was the Illyrian dialect. He was not baptized until about 360–366, when he had gone to Rome with his friend Bonosus (who may or may not have been the same Bonosus whom Jerome identifies as his friend who went to live as a hermit on an island in the Adriatic) to pursue rhetorical and philosophical studies. He studied under the grammarian Aelius Donatus. There Jerome learned Latin and at least some Greek, though probably not the familiarity with Greek literature he would later claim to have acquired as a schoolboy.
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