Decimius Magnus Ausonius was a Roman poet and teacher of rhetoric from Burdigala in Aquitaine, modern Bordeaux, France.
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Ausonius's best-known poems are Mosella, a description of the river Moselle, and Ephemeris, an account of a typical day in his life.
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Ausonius was given a strict upbringing by his aunt and grandmother, both named Aemilia.
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Ausonius's teaching attracted many pupils, some of whom became eminent in public life.
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Ausonius was able to turn literary skill into political capital.
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That year Ausonius was made Praetorian Prefect of Gaul, campaigned against the Alemanni and received as part of his booty a slave-girl, Bissula, while his father, though nearly ninety years old, was given the rank of Prefect of Illyricum.
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Ausonius appears to have been a late and perhaps not very enthusiastic convert to Christianity.
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Ausonius's grandson, Paulinus of Pella, was a poet; his works attest to the devastation which Ausonius's Gaul would face soon after his death.
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Ausonius's style is easy and fluent, and his Mosella is appreciated for its evocation of the life and country along the river Moselle; but he is considered derivative and unoriginal.
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Ausonius's writings are remarkable for mentioning, in passing, the working of a water mill sawing marble on a tributary of the Moselle:.
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