September 26, 2008
AEGIS – n. 1 the protection, backing, or support of someone. 2 (in classical art and mythology) an attribute of certain gods represented as a goatskin shield.
This one is typically used as part of the prepositional phrase “under the”. For example, “Susie lived under the aegis of Tommy and his gang.”
Also, click on the word to get the wiki-rundown on the mythology attached to the word. In Greek mythology, the aegis was Zeus’ shield that he would sometimes lend out to Athena. Read all about it.
Here is a representation of the mythical aegis.