cf. 3.334.αἰγίδα: the ‘aegis’ belonged to Zeus, but Athena was allowed to borrow it occasionally, and used it to inspire terror. cf. “Σ 204, Φ 400, χ” 297. It seems to have been a symbol of the thundercloud, and the Gorgon's head upon it represented the thunder-storm. cf. “Φοῖβος Ἀπόλλωνͅ εἱμένος” (clad) “ὤμοιιν νεφέλην, ἔχε δ᾽ αἰγίδα θοῦρινͅ δεινὴν ἀμφιδάσειαν ἀριπρεπἔ, ἣν ἄρα χαλκεὺςι Ἥφαιστος Διὶ δῶκε φορήμεναι ἐς φόβον ἀνδρῶν Ο” 307 ff. θυσανόεσσαν: tasselled. Cf. “τῆς” (sc. “αἰγίδος”) “ἑκατὸν θύσανοι παγχρύσεοι ἠερέθονται,ι πάντες ἐυπλεκέες, ἑκατόμβοιος δὲ ἕκαστος Β” 448 f. In later times, the aegis was surrounded by serpents instead of tassels.
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