) or Medientius.
A king of
Caeré in Etruria. He aided Turnus of Ardea against Aeneas, but was killed in battle
by the latter or by his son Ascanius (Verg. Aen. viii.
; x. 689
; x. 785
). Dionysius, however, relates that Mezentius finally
concluded a peace with Ascanius and became his ally (Dionys. i.
). Still another tradition states that Mezentius demanded of the Latini the produce
of their vineyards, but that they vowed the firstfruits to Iupiter and thereby won the victory
45). See Mommsen, Hist. of Rome
, i. 173 (Amer.