or stick to lean upon, a walking-stick
: metaph. of the daughters of Oedipus, σκῆπτρα φωτός
, as the badge of command, a sceptre
: in Hom.
borne by chiefs, and transmitted from father to son, whence the passage in Il.
2 is called ἡ τοῦ σκήπτρου παράδοσις
:—also borne by judges, by heralds, by speakers, who on rising to speak received it from the herald, Hom.
2.the sceptre, i. e. royalty, kingly power, rule, Il., Trag.