Variant of Aegeus: Zeus' shield, that was made of goatskin. In addition title associated with the 2nd spouse of Medea.
Name Origin: Greek
Name Gender: Male
"protection," 1793, from Latin aegis, from Greek Aigis, the name associated with guard of Zeus, said by Herodotus is associated with aix (genitive aigos) "goat," from PIE *aig- "goat" (cognates: Sanskrit ajah, Lithuanian ozys "he-goat"), given that shield ended up being of goatskin. Athene's aigis was a brief goat-skin cloak, covered with scales, set with a gorgon's mind, and fringed with snakes. The exact use and purpose of it's not today clear. The goatskin will be used with all the two forelegs tied in front of the wearer's breast, or possibly using the head passed through an orifice made on neck, because of the elimination of the animal's head. [F. Warre Cornish, ed., "Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities," London, 1898]
armor plate that safeguards the chest; the front section of a cuirass
- kindly endorsement and assistance
- A shield or protective armor; -- used in mythology toward shield of Jupiter that he provided to Minerva. Also fig.: A shield; a security.
(letter.) A shield or protective armor; -- used in mythology to your shield of Jupiter which he provided to Minerva. Additionally fig.: A shield; a protection.
In Homer he frequently appears on the field, like Ares and Athene, bearing the aegis to frighten the foe.