Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


AEgis, in Homer, the shield of Zeus (Jupiter). Later the term was used for the shield of Athene (Minerva), and was represented as a sort of breastplate with Medusa's head in the centre, and fringed with snakes. It is symbolic of a shielding or protecting power.

“He does not love you to receive good from you — but that He might do good unto you.”
–Thomas Vincent, The True Christian's Love to the Unseen Christ