Ausones Decima Magnus (Decimus Magnus Ausonius)( Late Latin poet, who in modern times called `the first French poet`)
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Biography Ausones Decima Magnus (Decimus Magnus Ausonius)
Contemporaries even compared him with Virgil. Ausones was the son of a doctor from Burdigaly (sovr. Bordeaux), was educated in his native city, as well as in Tolosa (sovr. Toulouse). For 30 years he taught at Burdigale first grammar, rhetoric, and later. About 364 the emperor Valentinian I invited him to Trier to carers of their young son Gratian. Ausones accompanied Valentinian and Gratian in their campaign germanskom 368-369, and a year later was awarded Komichi. Since coming to power in Gratian 375 Ausones and his family gained influence at court. In 378 Ausones was appointed prefect, and in 379 - consul. Until we heard his acceptance speech to Graziani. At the end of the consular office, he retired to his ancestral estate in Burdigale, and when in 383 Gratian fell in the battle of Lugdune (sovr. Lyon), devoted himself entirely to agriculture and literary pursuits.
In general, the legacy Ausones is more historical than literary interest. It's lyrical poems, elegies, captured the image of his relatives and teachers, describing travels and famous cities in which he visited often provide vivid pictures of daily life 4. Ausones was perhaps the first poet who wrote macaronics, representing a mixture of Latin and Greek. He preferred dactylic hexameter and the elegiac couplet. To the best of his work relates Mozella, a poem of 483 verses about the famous river, as well as Wedding Tsenton. The first tells of the voyage on Mozella (sovr. Moselle) from Bingen to Trier, where, reflected in the river, 'the mountains are floating on the waves, shaking the vines illusory, in the crystal waters of the heavy brush is rife with juice', with descriptions of coastal landscapes, fish and fishermen, as well as buildings, vysyaschihsya along its shores. Wedding Tsenton describes the marriage ceremony and is composed entirely of quotations vergilievyh. This work demonstrates the ability to diversify its author and is instructive reading for anyone who is familiar with the verses of Virgil.