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Ausonius of Bordeaux
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Ausonius (c. 310–c. 395 CE) was a Roman poet and professor of rhetoric from Burdigala (modern Bordeaux in France). His learned works, firmly rooted in pagan Greco-Roman culture, also show various traces of Christian concepts. However, there is discussion about the extent and depth of his Christian beliefs. By all means, Ausonius is a representative of the Roman cultural elite in the age between the Edict of Milan (313 CE) and the reign of Theodosius I (379–395 CE).


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Hunink, Vincent, “Ausonius of Bordeaux”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 24 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2018

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