Pallas Athene, called Pallas Minerva in Latin, perhaps is so named from the spear she brandished. In classical legend, the wooden statue of Pallas, in the citadel of Troy, which was said to have fallen from heaven, preserved the safety of the city. From this notion has come the general meaning of palladium—a safeguard on which anyone or anything can depend. The Trojans knew this legend well. After Odysseus and Diomedes stole the statue, Troy fell.
   When William Hyde Wollaston, an English physicist, discovered, in 1803, a rare metallic element associated with platinum and gold, he named it palladium for the Grecian goddess and also after the newly discovered asteroid Pallas.
   The similar-sounding word Palladian is derived from the architectural style, based on the classical, introduced by Andrea Palladio (1518-1580). This great architect was given the name Andrea di Pietro Vicenza at birth but was renamed by the scholarly poet Trissimo. Outstanding works of his include the Villa, Rotunda at Vicenza and S. Georgio Maggiore in Venice. Palladio was honored with the appellation "the Raphael of architects." His name is still current in Palladian window, an architectural unit that he used on grand buildings. It consists of a central window with a round-arch top flanked by two square-topped windows. The Palladium in London derived its name from the mistaken notion that the ancient Palladium, like the great Colosseum, was a place for circuses and fun.

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