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σκῆπτρον : staff of a wanderer or mendicant, sceptre of kings, priests, heralds, judges. (See the cut, No. 109, representing Agamemnon.) When a speaker arose to address the assembly, a sceptre was put into his hands by a herald. Fig., as symbol of royal power and dignity, Il. 2.46; see also Od. 2.37, Od. 11.91.
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