Definition of Ancile

1. n. The sacred shield of the Romans, said to have-fallen from heaven in the reign of Numa. It was the palladium of Rome.



Definition of Ancile

1. Noun. (historical Roman antiquity) The sacred shield of the Ancient Romans, said to have fallen from heaven in the reign of Numa. It was the palladium of Rome. ¹

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Definition of Ancile

1. the shield that fell from heaven in Roman mythology [n ANCILIA]

Medical Definition of Ancile

1. The sacred shield of the Romans, said to have-fallen from heaven in the reign of Numa. It was the palladium of Rome. Origin: L. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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ancile (current term)
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Literary usage of Ancile

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1. A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquitiesby William George Smith, Charles Anthon by William George Smith, Charles Anthon (1870)
"The original ancile was found, according to tradition,1 in the palace of Numa; and, as no human band had brought it there, it was concluded that it had been ..."

2. Myths of Greece and Rome, Narrated with Special Reference to Literature and Art by Hélène Adeline Guerber (1893)
"Even while they prayed, it is said, a shield, ancile, fell from heaven, and a voice was distinctly heard to declare that Rome would endure as long as this ..."

3. Walks in Florence by Susan Horner, Joanna B. Horner (1873)
"Two men bear the sacred shields, or ancile. ... This will appear less difficult to account for, if we suppose the ancile to have been Celtic shields, ..."

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