Description : Description : Description : E:\\promenadeurop_fichiers/cabarrus.jpgA European walk through Bordeaux 5 - Ausonius Roads

Cours d'Alsace-Lorraine

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La Statue d'Ausone (XIXèmre siècle) sur

 l'Ausoniusweg à Neumagen-Dhron (Rhénanie-Palatinat).


Decimus Magnus Ausonius (310-394) was born in Bordeaux, where, in his words, the sky is gentle and clement. This lawyer was taught rhetoric by rhetorician Luciolus, by Staphylius and by orator Tiberius Victor Minervius, the Demosthenes and the Quintilian of the time. A rhetorician, he pleaded before becoming a poet and grammarian, but then renounced the bar: nec fora non celebrata mihi.

In 368, he left his professorship to engage in travel and public life. At the request of Emperor Valentinian, he had to move to Augusta Treverorum (Trier), which was the capital of the West in the 4th century, to assume the position of private tutor for his son Gratian, aged eight.

It is this journey, both difficult and dangerous at the time, and during which Ausonius crossed the Hunsrück in 368, travelling the Roman roads from Bingen on the Rhine to Trier on the Moselle, that inspired the 483 hexameters of his most famous poem La Moselle. The path of the old Roman military road, Ausoniusweg, bears his name in memory of this trip, and is today a famous hiking trail that takes walkers from Bingen to Trier.

When Valentinian died, on 17 November 375, the poet’s fortune was secured. Gratian showered his teacher and all his family with everything he had to offer. Ausonius became prefect of Africa and Italy, and praetorian prefect of Gaul in 377-378. Ausonius was then declared First Consul for the year 379, and proconsul of Asia… …


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Buste d'Ausone par Bertrand Piéchaud.

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Walk down Cours d’Alsace-Lorraine  and up to Rue des Bahutiers. Walk down

Rue des Bahutiers, Rue du Cerf-Volant and continue  into Rue du Loup.


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