[mee-see-nuh s, mahy-]
- Gaius Cil·ni·us [sil-nee-uh s] /ˈsɪl ni əs/, c70–8 b.c., Roman statesman: friend and patron of Horace and Vergil.
- a generous patron or supporter, especially of art, music, or literature.
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Examples from the Web for maecenas
Maecenas vitae quam vitae ex laoreet tempor vitae in tortor.Test Article
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Maecenas with the humanists was almost synonymous with paymaster.Erasmus and the Age of Reformation
He paused and instructed me how to spell "aerial" and "Maecenas."The Adventures of Harry Revel
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By Maecenas he was introduced to Augustus, who treated him with liberality.
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In this way Propertius fulfilled his promise to Maecenas, iii.
- Gaius (ˈɡaɪəs). ?70–8 bc, Roman statesman; adviser to Augustus and patron of Horace and Virgil
- a wealthy patron of the arts
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