Eimmart: Aeneas brings deer to his companions

    The Trojans prepare the deer slain by Aeneas before a meal.

    Die Trojaner bereiten aus den von Aeneas erlegten Hirschen ein Mahl vor. (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. 4.





    On the left Aeneas, still carrying his quiver, brings three stags back to his men. At line 184 Aeneas sees three stags pictured in the engraving, although at line 192 he presents his men with seven carcasses, one for each ship. The animals lay in a heap before him, one displaying the cornibus arboreis of line 190. Aeneas with one arm outstretched is perhaps delivering the famous speech of lines 199-207. On the left hand side of the picture a number of men are preparing a meal, parching and grinding the wheat as is described from 174 through 179. (Lucy McInerney)

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    Lib. I. Aen: v. 214. Illi se praede accingunt dapibusque futuris: / usque 219.
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