ancile

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ancile

(ænˈsaɪliː; Latin ænˈkiːleɪ)
n
a shield that was said to have fallen from heaven, on whose preservation the fortune of Rome was thought to depend
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In the same section of Livy, Numa founds the priestly college of Salii for the worship of Mars: 'Salios item duodecim Marti Gradiuo legit tunicaeque pictae insigne dedit et super tunicam aeneum pectori tegumen caelestiaque arma, quae ancilia appellantur, ferre ac per urbem ire canentes carmina cum tripudiis sollemnique saltatu iussit'.
77) Bellenden inverts the order of Livy's internal gloss on the decorative armour carried by the Salii--'caelestiaque arma, quae ancilia appellantur' - with 'ancilia, Jsat is to saye be hevynlie armour'.
Freeman, Ancilia to the Pre-Socratic Philosophers (Cambridge, 1983), p.