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Μεσέντιος) 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. 480; x. 689; x. 785; x. 800). Dionysius, however, relates that Mezentius finally concluded a peace with Ascanius and became his ally (Dionys. i. 64). 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 (Quaest. Rom. 45). See Mommsen, Hist. of Rome, i. 173 (Amer. ed.).

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