Eimmart: The games in Sicily

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Aeneas sets out the prizes for the games.

Aeneas stellt die Preise für die Wettspiele aus. (Suerbaum)

Engraving from a German children’s picture-book version of the Aeneid by G. J. Lang and G. C. Eimmart, “A tapestry of Roman virtues as seen in Vergil’s Aeneas and his brave deeds, rendered in sparkling engravings, as illustrations of the remarkable deeds of antiquity, for the common benefit of noble youth,” (Peplus virtutum Romanarum in Aenea Virgiliano eiusque rebus fortiter gestis, ad maiorem antiquitatis et rerum lucem, communi iuventutis sacratae bono, aere renitens) (Nuremburg: J.L. Buggel, 1688), pl. 19.

 

 

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Vergil describes this scene at 109-112: Munera principio ante oculos circoque locantur/ in medio, sacri tripodes viridesque coronae/ et palmae pretium victoribus, armaque et ostro/ perfusae vestes, argenti aurique talenta. In the central background the eye is drawn to four ships on the horizon, the four ships that take part in the race, Mnestheus’ Pristim, Gyas’ Chimaera, Sergestus’ Centaur, and Cloanthus’ Scylla, all described from lines 114 through 123. (Lucy McInerney)

Bibliography: 

Werner Suerbaum, Handbuch der illustrierten Vergil-Ausgaben, 1502–1840 (Hildesheim: Georg Olms, 2008), 19.

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1688
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21.86x16.92cm
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Lib: V. Aen: v. 109. Munera principio ante oculos, cirocque locantur/ In medio: - -
Location: 
Bavarian State Library, Munich
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