Palladium (classical antiquity)

The Palladium (Latin palladium) is of Greek mythology, an ancient carved image of Städteschirmerin Pallas Athena, which was kept in the castle of Troy as a pledge of public welfare, three cubits high, standing, the well-knit feet together, in the right unsheathed spear in his left hand spindle and distaff, or a shield. Zeus had thrown the Ilos in the founding of Troy as a favorable sign from heaven.

After other message it was a votive offering of Elektra. Since Troy could not be captured, as long as it was in the possession of the Palla Dion, Odysseus and Diomedes stole the picture and gave it to the Demophon in custody, who brought it to Athens.

Also Argos boasted of possessing the Palladium.

According to yet another legend, there were two Palladia in Troy, which Chryse had spent the Dardanus as dowry; the one robbed Odysseus, while the other took Aeneas as a pledge for a new state to Italy, which Rome also came in possession of a Palla Dion. It was here preserved in the temple of Vesta, and above all profane eyes guarded in the strictest manner.

In a figurative sense is called " Palladium " or "Palladium" held every holy thing that protects something, and to promote their conservation much depends.

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  • Subject of Greek mythology
  • Cult of Athena