Maecenas



[mee-see-nuh s, mahy-] /miˈsi nəs, maɪ-/

noun
1.
Gaius Cilnius
[sil-nee-uh s] /ˈsɪl ni əs/ (Show IPA), 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.
/miːˈsiːnæs/
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

“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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