The shield of Jupiter made by Vulcan was so called, and
symbolised “Divine protection.” The shield of Minerva was called an
ægis also. The shield of Jupiter was covered with the skin of the
goat Amalthæa, and the Greek for goat is, in the genitive case,
aigos. The ægis made by Vulcan was of brass.
I throw my ægis over you, I give you my protection.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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