χαλκῆς … δέλτου. This image is peculiarly forcible in connection with θεσμῶν,—the word which expresses her religious reverence for the Centaur's precepts. Laws, rituals, oracles, etc., were often engraved upon bronze tables. An example is afforded by the ‘Eugubinae Tabulae’ preserved at Gubbio, which concern sacred rites. Diod. Sic. 12. 26 (referring to the Lawsof the XII. Tables) “εἰς δώδεκα χαλκοῦς πίνακας χαράξαντες οἱ ὕπατοι”. Plut. Alex.17“δέλτον...χαλκῆν, τύπους ἔχουσαν ἀρχαίων γραμμάτων” (an oracle): where, for “τύπους” (graven characters), cp. Pollux 8. 128 “δέλτοις χαλκαῖς ἦσαν πάλαι ἐντετυπωμένοι οἱ νόμοι οἱ περὶ τῶν ἱερῶν καὶ τῶν πατρίων”. Cic. Phil. 1. § 26 “Quod ita erit gestum, id lex erit? et in aes incidi iubebitis...?”
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