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Elegiae in Maecenatem
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In some manuscripts of the  Appendix Vergiliana there are 89 distichs under the heading ‘Maecenas’ that were correctly divided into two parts by J. J. Scaliger (1572f.). The first part (v. 1-144) is a lamentation and defence of Maecenas that ends with an epitaph. The second is a speech of the dying Maecenas to Augustus. The use of myth is on occasion obscure, expression and metre are consistent with the Augustan period. The relationship to the  Consolatio ad Liviam and to  Seneca the Younger is disputed and, therefore, its dating is uncertain.

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Richmond, John A. (Blackrock, VA), “Elegiae in Maecenatem”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 03 April 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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