Decimus Magnus Ausonius was born and raised in Aquitaine in 310 AD. He studied in Toulouse and worked as a lawyer and teacher in Bordeaux afterwards. In 367 AD, shortly after the Roman Emperor Valentinian had moved to Trier, he summoned Ausonius to be the teacher of his son Gratian.
At that time, the Roman poet Ausonius travelled the Roman road leading from Trier to Bingen past Neumagen-Dhron. That is why it is also called Ausonius road. Ausonius’ “Mosella” poem, after describing the crossing of the river Nahe near Bingen, goes like this: “Thence onward I began a lonely journey through a pathless forest, where signs of human life were searched in vain. I passed Dumnissus (Kirchberg), sweltering amid its parched fields, and Tabernae, watered by its unfailing spring, … and at length on the very verge of Belgic territory I descried Noviomagus (Neumagen-Dhron), the famed cam of sainted Constantine. Clearer the air which here invests the plains, and Phoebus, cloudless now, discloses glowing heaven with his untroubled light…” Hiking hint: The hiking trail “Römersteig” (http://alpregio.outdooractive.com/ar-bernkastel-kues/de/alpregio.jsp#i=3076161&tab=TourTab) connects Minheim and Trittenheim, making important archaeological sites of Roman times accessible.