Eimmart: Aeneas leaves offerings at Actium

    Aeneas leaves a shield fastened to a pillar and, chiseled into a stone slab, inscribes "Aeneas haec de Danais victoribus arma"; in the middle distance leafless trees show it to be winter-time.

    Aeneas lässt einen Schild an einer Säule anbringen und in eine Steinplatte die Inschrift “Aeneas haec de Danais victoribus arma” einmeißeln; im Mittelgrund verweisen blätterlose Bäume auf die Winterszeit. (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. 11.




    Aeneas and the Trojans spend a year at Actium. The change in seasons is marked by the trees. Aeneas is shown chiseling the inscription “Aeneas offers this armor from conquering Greeks,” into a stone. Above the slab the shield of Abas (286) hangs on the pillar of a temple. After this moment Aeneas and his men will return to the ships, which can just barely be seen in the harbor in the upper left background. (Lucy McInerney)

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    Lib. III. Aen: v. 284. Interea magnum Sol circum volvitur annum,/ Et glacialis hyems aquilonibus asperat undas.
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