Villa of Maecenas
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On this day in 8 B.C., one of the great patron of poets, Maecenas, died. His lineage was Etruscan, and it was probably from his family that he acquired great wealth. He was an advisor to the first Roman emperor, Augustus, which also made him a powerful Roman. Among the artists he helped financially were Vergil and Horace. Horace addresses Maecenas in his first Ode.