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Maecēnas , ātis, m. Tuscan, perh. Maecnatial; v. Sil. 10, 40; Müll. Etrusk. 1, p. 404; 415: C. Cilnius Maecenas,
I.a Roman knight, descended, on the mother's side, from the Arretinian gens of the Maecenates (and on the father's side from that of the Cilnii; “v. Müll. l. c. p. 416 sq.),the friend of Augustus and the patron of Horace and Virgil, Prop. 4, 8 (9), 1; Hor. C. 1, 1, 1; Verg. G. 1, 2; Vell. 2, 88, 2; Tac. A. 6, 11; Sen. Prov. 3, 9 sq.; id. Ep. 19, 8 sq.; 114, 4; Quint. 9, 4, 28.—
B. Transf., to denote, in gen.,
2. A person of distinction: “vestem Purpuream teneris quoque Maecenatibus aptam,Juv. 12, 39. —
3. A luxurious, effeminate person: “multum referens de Maecenate supino,Juv. 1, 66.—Hence,
II. Maecēnātĭānus , a, um, adj., of or belonging to Mæcenas: “turris,Suet. Ner. 38: “horti,id. Tib. 15: “vina,named after him, Plin. 14, 6, 8, § 67.
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