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Ausonius (Decimus Magnus), ca. 310ca. 395 CE, a doctor's son, was born at Burdigala (Bordeaux). After a good education in grammar and rhetoric and a short period during which he was an advocate, he took to teaching rhetoric in a school which he began in 334. Among his students was Paulinus, who was afterwards Bishop of Nola; and he seems to have become some sort of Christian himself. Thirty years later Ausonius was called by Emperor Valentinian to be tutor to Gratian, who subsequently as emperor conferred on him honours including a consulship in 379. In 383, after Gratian's murder, Ausonius retired to Bordeaux.
Ausonius's surviving works, some with deep feeling, some composed it seems for fun, some didactic, include much poetry: poems about himself and family, notably "The Daily Round"; epitaphs on heroes in the Trojan War, memorials on Roman emperors, and epigrams on various subjects; poems about famous cities and about friends and colleagues. "The Moselle," a description of that river, is among the most admired of his poems. There is also an address of thanks to Gratian for the consulship.
The Loeb Classical Library edition of Ausonius is in two volumes; the second includes Eucharisticus ("Thanksgiving") by Paulinus Pellaeus.
About the Author
Table of Contents
A Cargo Of Wine On The Moselle
Book I.Prefatory Pieces
Book II.The Daily Round Or The Doings Of A Whole Day
Book III.Personal Poems
Book V.Poems Commemorating The Professors Of Bordeaux
Book Vi.Epitaphs On The Heroes Who Took Part In The Trojan War
Book VII.The Eclogues
Book VIII.Cupid Crucified
Book X.The Moselle
Book XI.The Order Of Famous Cities
Book XII.The Technopaegnion
Book XIII.The Masque Of The Seven Sages
Book XIV.Ausonius On The Twelve Caesars Whose Lives Were Written By Suetonius Tranquillus
Book XV.Conclusion Of The Book Of Annals
Book XVI.A Riddle Of The Number Three
Book XVII. A Nuptial Cento