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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'Attore, he dedicat xij priestis namit salis to be honoure of mars gradius, and gaif to bame abulementis paintit in manere of cote armouris, commanding Jiame to bere abone bare cote armouris certane targis of brass namit ancilia, bat is to saye be hevynlie armour.
(78) 'And because the fortune of the Roman empire hung from it, eleven ancilia were made (lest when it was dragged down, the fate of the city went with it)'.
Freeman, Ancilia to the Pre-Socratic Philosophers (Cambridge, 1983), p.