aegis ˈē-jəs , ˈā- noun
1. armor plate that protects the chest
2. kindly endorsement and guidance
The word aegis has appeared in 27 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Oct. 22 in the book review “The Golden Age of Egyptology Was Also a Time of Plunder” by Rosemary Mahoney:
All the fascinating giants of Egyptology appear here. Some were brilliant scholars genuinely eager to advance the science of Egyptology and forge a deeper understanding of ancient Egypt, some were self-serving fortune-seekers who cared mainly about their own advancement, and some were both at once.
There’s Champollion, who, on unlocking the Rosetta stone and revealing the secret of hieroglyphics after years of scholarly struggle, was so overcome with emotion and fatigue he collapsed to the floor in a faint. And Giovanni Battista Belzoni, the Italian strongman and one-time circus performer who in 1817, under the aegis of the British consul, managed to drag, float and sail the 2.7-meter-high, 7¼-ton bust of Ramses II all the way from Luxor to the British Museum…