Melanchthon

is merely the Greek for Schwarzer de (black earth), the real name of this amiable reformer. (1497-1560.) Similarly, oecolampadius is the Greek version of the German name Hausschein, and Desiderius Erasmus is one Latin and one Greek rendering of the name Gheraerd Gheraerd.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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