Eimmart: the death of Arruns

    Winged Opis floating on a cloud has shot Arruns with an arrow; he has fallen from his horse and is lying on the ground. In the left background a grave monument can be seen, which is mentioned at the beginning of the text passage.

    Die auf einer Wolke schwebende geflügelte Opis hat Arruns mit einem Pfeil erschossen; er ist vom Pferd gestürzt und liegt auf dem Boden. Links im Hintergrund ist ein Grabdenkmal zu sehen, das zu Beginn der Textpassage erwähnt wird. (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. 47.


    Having fled Camilla’s death, Arruns is shot down by Opis at Diana’s command. The tomb monument in the upper left hand corner is mentioned at 849-851; the inscription says “Dercenno Laur.”, for Dercennus, king of the Laurentines. Opis wields a bow in the upper right hand corner of the engraving, as appropriate for a follower of Diana, and she looks down scornfully at the fallen Trojan. His companions are galloping away, leaving Arruns do die alone in the dust, as at 864-865. (Lucy McInerney)

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    Lib. XI. Aen. v. 850. - - - Fuit ingens monte sub alto/ Regis Dercenni terreno ex aggere bustum/ Antiqui Laurentis, opacaque ilice tectum.
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