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A Roman Patron of the Arts Died on This Day in Ancient History

By November 7, 2013

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This Day in Ancient History: November 7.

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.

Read about the Latin poets: Horace and Vergil.

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November 9, 2010 at 11:04 am
(1) derrick gaskin says:

Maecenas – thanks for this. It’s made me pick up my copy of the Roman Poets of the Augustan Age, by Sellar. It’s an old book and a long time since I read it again. So thanks.

November 9, 2010 at 11:25 am
(2) ancienthistory says:

I’m glad to hear it. I’ll have to check out your book recommendation.

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