Sunday, March 17, 2024

M/M: I Miss You, Buddy: Ausonius to Paulinus 1.16-19

In a letter to Paulinus, Ausonius complains about his absence by comparing their relationship to other great relationships of mythology:

Impie, Pirithoo disiungere Thesea posses,

Euryalumque suo socium secernere Niso!

Te suadente fugam, Pylades liquisset Orestem,

Nec custodisset Siculus vadimonia Damon!

--Ausonius, Ep. Ausonius Paulino 1.16-19

Faithless one! You’d really break up Pirithous and Theseus?

Separate Euryalus from his Nisus?

You’d convince Pylades to abandon Orestes?

And keep the Sicilian Damon from pledging for Pythias’ escape?



Name:  Decimius Magnus Ausonius

Date:  4th century CE

Works:  Letters, Mosella



Region 1: Peninsular Italy; Region 2: Western Europe; Region 3: Western Coast of Africa; Region 4: Egypt and Eastern Mediterranean; Region 5: Greece and the Balkans



 Ausonius was a Roman poet from Aquitania, Gaul [modern France] who lived during the 4th century CE. He is best known for his epic poem Mosella, which describes the Moselle River, and his Epistles, a series of literary poems between himself and the Christian poet Paulinus.


Early Roman Lit: through 2nd c BCE: Republican Rome: through 1st c. BCE; Golden Age: 70 BCE to 18 CE; Silver Age: 18 CE to 150 CE; Age of Conflict: 150 CE - 410 CE; Byzantine and Late Latin: after 410 CE


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