Ausonius must be read to be believed! As poet, no subject is too trivial for him; as courtier, no flattery too excessive.
The poetical fame of Ausonius condemns the taste of his age.Edward Gibbon
The poetical fame of Ausonius condemns the taste of his age.
It is the things which Ausonius reveals unconsciously that win him liking, not those which he sets out to celebrate with a kind of innocent pomp: not the chair of rhetoric at twenty-five, nor the imperial tutorship in his fifties, nor the consulship at sixty-nine, but that he loved and taught rhetoric all his life, and kept his simplicity.