Aeneas uses the deer hunt to steady his nerves and reassert some feeling of 
being in control after the storm, which had brought him near death both from 
the waves and from the depression or despair that is never too far from him.  
Hunting is an expression, rather therapeutic in effect, of human control over 
nature.  But hunting, because it is a display of power, is also a possible 
occasion of discord, even an opportunity for ruthlessness.  Venus' rather 
charming appearance as a huntress, showing off her legs, presumably the best in 
the universe, conceals the sternness of her purpose.  Juno has been hunting the 
Trojan remnant like animals, now it is Venus' turn to strike back by hunting 
and trapping Juno's courageous and loving devotee, Dido.  The imagery continues 
with the wounded deer, whose status as private property is not recognised, in 
Book VII.  V always treats nature as a political subject.  The reasons why 
scenes are beautiful and useful is always in part political f!
 rom E1 onwards - again, V treats politics as, to a major extent, an expression 
of religion.  'Divini gloria ruris' is a natural, political and theological 
idea. - Martin Hughes 

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