While we’re on the subject of Martin Luther and Classical authors, a comment in which he compares Aesop and Jerome, about whom he expresses a deep ambivalence. This is also from his Tabletalk (no. 445).1
Ergo nullum doctorem scio, quem aeque oderim, cum tamen ardentissime eum amaverim et legerim.2 In Aesopo certe plus est eruditionis quam in toto Hieronymo.
Therefore I know of no doctor [of the church] whom I hate equally, although, still, I have loved and read him most eagerly. Surely there is more instruction in Aesop than in all of Jerome.3