By Hagith Sivan
Within the burgeoning box of past due classical antiquity the authors of overdue Roman Gaul have served as a mine of data in regards to the old, cultural, political, social and spiritual advancements of the western empire, and of Gaul specifically. Ausonius is phenomenal between those authors for the intense variety of fabric which his writings light up. His family members exemplifies the increase of provincial upper-classes in Aquitania via expertise, ambition and opportunism. Fusing historic procedure with archaeological, creative and literary facts, Hagith Sivan translates the political message of Ausonius' paintings and conveys the cloth truth of his way of life.
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Narbonne’s natural position, with a harbour and lakes, her nearness to the Pyrenees, her commercial wealth, and the central urban temple are likewise praised. Ausonius’ Gallic survey calls attention to the cities’ most conspicuous visual aspects and their major economic functions. Upon approaching a city in late Roman Gaul a visitor would have been immediately struck by its walls. 21 Walls defined the extent of a city within an open countryside. They also reflected a transition from a period of relative peace to one of instability and unrest.
FROM CONSTANTINE TO JULIAN (306–55) During the half century between the accession of Constantine and the arrival of Julian, two usurpers appeared in Gaul and more Gallic names emerge. 58 Possible links have been traced between the three Crispini known in Gaul: the two hagiographical praesides from the time of the Tetrarchy, and their namesake in the middle of the fourth century ,59 The family seems to have held property in southern Gaul (Narbonensis). While homonymity and property are not sufficient to establish a pattern of continuity, the hypothesis of a dynasty of provincial governors should not be dismissed.
76 A pagan by origin, Iovinus may have converted to Christianity at some point in his career, and most likely after Julian’s death. 77 Iovinus became consul in 367, an example of Ausonius’ assertion that military careers led directly to the consulship in the same way as aristocratic lineage and exemplary loyalty to the emperor. Flavius Lupicinus’ military career started under Julian in 359 in Gaul as magister equitum and after a brief lull was resumed under Valens in the east. 78 He was a literary man of proud disposition.
Ausonius of Bordeaux: Genesis of a Gallic Aristocracy by Hagith Sivan