Ausonius (Decimus Magnus Ausonius)
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A. Life and work

Born into a modest family of the Gallic town of Burdigala (Bordeaux), A. lived a life that spanned the 4th cent. AD (c. 310–394). After a thorough education, he enjoyed a long career teaching as a grammaticus and a rhetor in his home town. Only in the mid-360s was he called to the Imperial court at Trier by virtue of his academic renown, to serve as tutor to the young Gratian (the future Roman emperor), an event that sparked his social ascent. Under the protect…

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Seiter, Bert, “Ausonius (Decimus Magnus Ausonius)”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 5 : The Reception of Classical Literature, English edition by Matthijs H. Wibier (2012). Original German-language edition: Die Rezeption der antiken Literatur. Herausgegeben von Christine Walde in Verbindung mit Brigitte Egger. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2010). Consulted online on 22 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004218932, 20101111

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