Ausonius provides translations of the key works of Ausonius, an important later Latin poet whose poems detail the social and cultural life of Gaul and its environment. His often difficult and playful Latin is presented in English by the award winning poet Deborah Warren, enabling a new generation of students to use and understand the poems. With notes and commentary throughout, this volume will be important not only as an example of later Latin poetry but also as a window onto the Later Roman Empire and the beginnings of early Christian writing.
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The Professors of Bordeaux
A Nuptial Cento
Deborah Warren is an award-winning poet whose poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry Magazine, and The Yale Review. Her previous works include The Size of Happiness (2003), Zero Meridian (2004) which received the New Criterion Poetry Prize, and Dream with Flowers and Bowl of Fruit (2008) which received the Richard Wilbur Award.
"An excellent translation of several poems of Ausonius, with an accessible and informative introduction to his life and writings. Ausonius demands a skilled and nimble translator, because of his poetry’s great variety in form, subject matter, style, and tone. He has found one in Warren, an accomplished poet herself. Warren captures well the protean Ausonius with her wide-ranging selection of his works, and she has succeeded in producing one of those rare translations of poetry that rises to the level of poetry."
- Scott McGill, Rice University, USA