I have been trying to understand the relationship between "sum" and "nemo", to create a phrase meaning something like "I am no one". In all the contexts I personally could find them near each other in Latin, they weren't used as a phrase at all (see answers for an example I didn't find). It tends to be something more like (which it has been pointed out is nonsensical):
Dico igitur ab eruditus vir, nisi sapiens, liber sum nemo.
It has been said then, that no one is free except the wise man.
From: Andrews, E. A. (1868). Latin Exercise Adapted to Andrews and Stoddards Latin Grammar. United States: Crocker and Brewster.
I'm not sure where the sum went, unless it's the is? Which makes me wonder if this is something that would make sense at all? It's been quite a few years since my last Latin lesson in grammar, but something seems off.
However, in trying to figure this out I ran across this question, How to say 'I am myself'?, where emphatic translation would be ego egomet sum, with the explanation that egomet/myself is a predicate nominative. Which makes me think that something like ego nemo sum would make sense, as nemo would be a noun modifying ego.
I also read How would you say “we are no one”?, which brings up nihil and says something about "oblique forms", which confused me (because it's incorrect as pointed out in the comments on this question), but seemed to indicate that nihil might be preferable. Which would give us Ego nihil sum, a phrase apparently used by Cicero, but I'm unsure how (I can't find the intended translation of that). Again, it feels a bit strange. Ego nil sum likewise, but it looks to have been used in a poetic/religious sense in places I can't find translations of.
This is my first question, so I apologize if it's less than great, I was a bit overwhelmed trying to write it (It may have taken me about 5 hours originally).
Further context is that this is part of something larger I'm working on, which is trying to figure out the Latin for I am nothing if I am myself. My current understanding is that it'd be Ego nihil sum si ego egomet sum, but something tells me that the first part of that (if it indeed works) would change something about the latter part (irrelevance of word order notwithstanding). I suppose those might be topics for future questions. There is also the question of declaring how Romans would view a self-declaration that you are no one, for another day.