Decimus Magnus Ausonius (DEHS-ih-muhs MAG-nuhs aw-SOH-nee-uhs) taught grammar and rhetoric for thirty years in his native Burdigala until appointed tutor of the future emperor Gratian, after whose accession in 375 c.e. he rose to the consulate. When Ausonius’s influence began to wane, he withdrew to Burdigala, where his last years were devoted to literary pursuits. He produced much donnish and declamatory verse; its pagan erudition is unaffected by a Laodicean Christianity, and the political and social issues of the troubled times never impinge on its timeless artificiality. His poetry, which combines technical proficiency with a remarkable engrossment on the part of the poet in himself and his own surroundings, is also marked by a special partiality for the compilation of lists embracing such disparate topics as Latin monosyllables, Burdigala professors, warriors from the Trojan War, his own relatives, and the fish in the Moselle.