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GAIO CILNIO MECENATE (about 70 B.C. - 8 B.C.)

This highly cultured man, of Royal Etruscan descent, was first amongst the most trusted councillors of Emperor Ottoviano Augusto. He held important political posts, particularly as an ambassador between the Sovereign and the prestigious group of intellectuals he had gathered around himself, including Virgil, Horace and Propertius. The ‘Museo Nazionale Archeologico’, which contains important remains of Etruscan and Roman art, was named after him. The great development of the ceramics industry in Arezzo during his lifetime is an indication of Mecenate’s feelings of goodwill for his home town.


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