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Maecenas

[mee-see-nuh s, mahy-]
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  1. Gaius Cil·ni·us [sil-nee-uh s] /ˈsɪl ni əs/, c70–8 b.c., Roman statesman: friend and patron of Horace and Vergil.
  2. a generous patron or supporter, especially of art, music, or literature.
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Maecenas

noun
  1. Gaius (ˈɡaɪəs). ?70–8 bc, Roman statesman; adviser to Augustus and patron of Horace and Virgil
  2. a wealthy patron of the arts
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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.

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