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Maecenas (mee-SEE-nuhs, mi-)

noun: A generous patron or supporter, especially of art, music, or literature.

[After Gaius Cilnius Maecenas, Roman statesman, friend and patron of Horace and Virgil.]

"The elected or appointed Maecenas learns to think not of art but of a line of goods known as `The Arts.'"
Lewis H. Lapham; Performance art; Harper's Magazine; Dec 1999.

This week's theme: Words and phrases from classical mythology

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He who does not attempt to make peace / When small discords arise, / Is like the bee's hive which leaks drops of honey / Soon, the whole hive collapses. -Nagarjuna (c. A.D. 100-200)

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