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αἰγίς (originally emblematic of the ‘storm-cloud,’ cf. ἐπαιγίζω): the aegis, a terrific shield borne by Zeus, or at his command by Apollo or by Athena, to excite tempests and spread dismay among men; the handiwork of Hephaestus; adorned with a hundred golden tassels, and surmounted by the Gorgon's head and other figures of horror, Il. 5.738, Il. 2.448.
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