Decimus Magnus Ausonius

(c. 310 - c. 395)

Having gained renown for his success in Latin prose and verse competitions, the rhetorician Ausonius was selected to become tutor for Gratian, a future emperor. After his pupil was murdered, he retreated to the country, where he wrote poetry and became a dutiful correspondent to other pupils destined to dot history books, such as Paulinus of Nola.

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The merchant always has fresh losses to expect, and the dread of base poverty forbids his rest.

—Decimus Magnus Ausonius, c. 390

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