Ancile



a shield given by Mars to Numa Pompilius as the palladium of Rome.
any of 11 counterfeits of this shield, carried with it on ceremonial occasions.
Historical Examples

The first ancile was supposed to have fallen from heaven in answer to the prayer of Numa Pompilius.
1000 Mythological Characters Briefly Described Edward S. Ellis

Shortly after, Julian plainly accuses Christians of worshipping the wood of the Cross, though they refused to worship the ancile.
An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine John Henry Cardinal Newman

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