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(mē-sē′nəs, mĭ-), Gaius 70?-8 bc.
Roman politician and patron of Horace and Virgil.


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


(miˈsi nəs, maɪ-)

1. Gaius Cilnius, c70–8 B.C., Roman statesman: friend and patron of Horace and Virgil.
2. a generous patron, esp. of art or literature.


nMaecenas m; (fig)Mäzen m
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