Monday, November 07, 2011

Article: A Roman Patron of the Arts Died

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

This Day in Ancient History: November 7.

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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.

Read about the Latin poets: Horace and Vergil.