Maikḗnas). Etruscan family name (cf.
mehnati and similar); the family is recorded in inscriptions for Perusia (modern Perugia) and was probably originally settled there. Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) [German version]  Friend and counsellor of Octavian (Augustus), 1st cent. BC Father of M. , mentioned as early as 44 BC among the friends and counsellors of Octavian ( Augustus) (Nicolaus of Damascus, Vita Caesaris 31,133). Schmidt, Peter L. (Constance) [German version]  Patron of literature, 1st cent. BC M., less often - with the family name of the mother - C. Cilnius M. (Tac. Ann. 6,11,2), friend of Augustus and patron of literature (see under C.). Schmidt, Peter L. (Constance) [German version] A. Life Information about M. is found in the historical works of the Augustan era, especially in Cassius [III 1] Dio and Suetonius, in the poets of the Maecenas circle, especially in Horatius'  poems and in both of the