Meaning of Maecenas

Mae•ce•nas

Pronunciation: (mē-sē'nus, mī-), [key]
— n.
  1. c70–8 b.c.,Roman statesman: friend and patron of Horace and Vergil.
  2. a generous patron or supporter, esp. of art, music, or literature.
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