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[mee-see-nuh s, mahy-] /miˈsi nəs, maɪ-/
Gaius Cilnius
[sil-nee-uh s] /ˈsɪl ni əs/ (Show IPA),
c70–8 b.c, Roman statesman: friend and patron of Horace and Vergil.
a generous patron or supporter, especially of art, music, or literature. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for Maecenas
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  • Maecenas vitae quam vitae ex laoreet tempor vitae in tortor.

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Historical Examples
  • Maecenas was one of the first who built public baths at his own expense.

  • In this way Propertius fulfilled his promise to Maecenas, iii.

  • The first of these Odes, like the first of the Satires, is addressed to Maecenas.

    Horace Theodore Martin
  • We have also heard him mentioned as a poet and a brother-in-law of Maecenas.

    Cleopatra, Complete Georg Ebers
  • Now all the references to Maecenas, with the exception of the prologue in Sat.

  • And if not to Maecenas, so neither to Maecenas' master, would he sacrifice his freedom.

    Horace William Tuckwell
  • We see him in a carriage or at the shows with Maecenas, the Emperor's fastidious counsellor.

    Horace and His Influence Grant Showerman
  • She knew that disciples were not wanting to the arts, but that often a Maecenas is needed.

    The Empress Josephine Louise Muhlbach
  • Of the three letters to Maecenas, one, like the Ode we have before quoted on p. 28, is a vigorous assertion of independence.

    Horace William Tuckwell
British Dictionary definitions for Maecenas


Gaius (ˈɡaɪəs). ?70–8 bc, Roman statesman; adviser to Augustus and patron of Horace and Virgil
a wealthy patron of the arts
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Maecenas

"a generous patron of literature or the arts," 1560s, from name of Gaius Clinius Maecenas (died 8 B.C.E.), Roman patron of Horace and Virgil.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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