Maecenas


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Maecenas

(Caius Maecenas) (mĭsē`nəs, mē–), d. 8 B.C., Roman statesman and patron of letters. He was born (between 74 B.C. and 64 B.C.) into a wealthy family and was a trusted adviser of Octavian (AugustusAugustus
, 63 B.C.–A.D. 14, first Roman emperor, a grandson of the sister of Julius Caesar. Named at first Caius Octavius, he became on adoption by the Julian gens (44 B.C.) Caius Julius Caesar Octavianus (Octavian); Augustus was a title of honor granted (27 B.C.
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), who employed Maecenas as his personal representative for various political missions. Later he retired and devoted all his time to his famous literary circle, which included Horace, Vergil, and Propertius. Although his friendship with Octavian became strained in later years, he bequeathed all his property to the emperor. To the great poets of his day he proved a friend and a munificent patron. His name is the symbol of the wealthy, generous patron of the arts.

Maecenas

to poets, esp. Virgil, as a patron. [Rom. Hist.: Espy, 123]

Maecenas

1. Gaius . ?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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These lines are a stark contrast to Sermones where Maecenas was portrayed as being primarily interested in Horace's moral virtues, which, Horace claimed, was the chief foundation of their friendship.
Service operation and maintenance of electrical systems and air conditioning systems installed in the settlements of Rai TV Production Centre of Milan in Via Maecenas 76/10 and 76/18, including the exercise (with supervision) and routine maintenance of the plants with associated services (a fee) and the extra maintenance fee (the latter on demand Rai), as defined in the Project on time service, part of the Special Charges.
It appears as though Maecenas is to blame for excessively seasoning Horace's food with garlic.
After the negotiations end, Enobarbus stays onstage with Agrippa and Maecenas, whom he hasn't seen since he left with Antony for Egypt.
After complimenting the Duchess, Juan then turns to his patron, the Duke, and praises him in a hyperbolic fashion, comparing his Maecenas to Julius Caesar and to Priam's son, the Trojan Hector (19-27).
The almost conciliatory atmosphere encouraged by its Maecenas revealed, states Halperin Donghi, "una ceguera no del todo indeliberada", as if they were removed from the reality taking place outside its doors (La Argentina 88).
The altruistic forbearance regarding friends in general proposed in this satire becomes more complex or even tainted when a patron-friend such as Maecenas is specifically involved.
Unlike Heaney whose acquisition of important political contacts occurred much later in his career, Virgil was close to the political establishment at the outset of his, as a result of his friendship with Octavian, the future Emperor Augustus, and other leading Romans like Maecenas, who acted as his patron.
In 1924, he visited his home state of Missouri to attend to his ailing father, Maecenas, who had tried to persuade him to pursue law.
The scene of the dialogue is set at Horace's Sabine farm, given to him by his patron Maecenas.
Obviously Pope's Iliad was a favorite of hers, for she purposefully alludes to Pope's opening of Book Sixteen of the Iliad in "To Maecenas.
As early as 1589 Greene had dedicated Ciceronis Amor to him, asking--apparently without success--to be "shrowded under the protection of so honourable a Maecenas.