"Athene, Daughter of Zeus who bears the aegis"

Athene shakes her aegis, statue of Athena, from the Gigantomachy group, c.525 BC
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeAthene shakes her aegis, statue of Athena, from the Gigantomachy group, c.525 BC - Credit: Ricardo André Frant/Wikimedia Commons
An aegis is a large collar, cuirass or protective shield. In ancient art, Athene’s aegis is usually represented as a scaly collar or animal skin thrown around her neck and shoulders, and is often depicted with snakes hanging from it like tassels. When Zeus or Athene shake the aegis, thunder rolls and mortals quake in fear.