Something that affords effectual protection and safety. The
Palladium was a colossal wooden statue of Pallas in the city of Troy,
said to have fallen from heaven. It was believed that so long as this
statue remained within the city, Troy would be safe, but if removed,
the city would fall into the hands of the enemy. The statue was carried
away by the Greeks, and the city burnt by them to the ground.
The Scotch had a similar tradition attached to the great stone of
Scone, near Perth. Edward I. removed it to Westminster, and it is still
framed in the Coronation Chair of England, (See Coronation,
Palladium of Rome.
). Palladium of Megara.
A golden hair of
King Nisus. (See
Scylla, Eden Hall.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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