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fasces

(făs`ēz) [Lat.,=bundles], ancient Roman symbol of the regal and later the magisterial authority. The fasces were cylindrical bundles of wooden rods, tied tightly together, from which an axe projected; they were borne by guards, called lictors, before praetors, consuls, proconsuls, dictators, and emperors. The fasces, which symbolize unity as well as power, have often been used as emblems, e.g., on the arms of the French republic and on American coins. Italian Fascism derived its name and its emblem from the fasces.

Fasces

 

in ancient Rome, a bundle of rods strapped together, from which a small ax protruded. The fasces was a symbol of imperial authority; later it came to symbolize the authority of high magistrates and was carried by attending lictors. The Italian Fascists adopted the fasces as their emblem.

fasces

A symbol of Roman authority consisting of a bundle of rods with an ax blade projecting from them.

fasces

rods bundled about ax; emblem of magistrates, Fascists. [Rom. Hist.: Hall, 119; Ital. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 399]
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Hucine tandem haec omnia reciderunt, ut ciuis Romanus in prouincia populi Romani, in oppido foederatum, ab eo, qui beneficio populi Romani fasces ac secures haberet, deligatus in foro uirgis caederetur
Ala Littoria was the fascist regime's national airline, flying the symbol of the fasces from Berlin to Addis Ababa and from Rome to Buenos Aires.
El Littoriale evocaba la figura del lictor romano, oficiales encargados del mantenimiento del orden publico (y portadores del fasces, que seria uno de los simbolos fundamentales del fascismo), y fue construido en 1928.
On a chariot pulled by two lions and guided by the spirit of Liberty holding a torch in hand, stands the Republic, upright, in an attitude of triumph, commanding and protective; she supports herself on the fasces of the Law.
Collini, who not so long before had been asked to tally every known representation of the fasces, the bundles of birch rods that were the symbol of the Roman Republic and were subsequently appropriated by Mussolini, who believed that such evidence proved Italians were an 'old people, the oldest in Europe, but ones who preserved a splendid secret in their veins, that of rising again and almost always being able to refurbish a glorious youth'.
Its eighteen entries included Italians in traditional Calabrian and Sicilian costumes on a float decorated with gilded eagles, fasces, marble columns, Romulus and Remus, and other symbols of ancient Rome.
Minerva, personifying the United States, stood with left hand resting on fasces (set of rods bound in the form of a bundle which included an axe), and right hand holding a shield blazoned with the U.
The official crest of the Guardia Civil consists of the Royal Crown together with a Roman fasces crossed by a sword.
Much of what created the immortal spirit of Rome rises once more in Fascism: Roman are the fasces, Roman is our organization in battle; Roman is our pride and our courage: "I am a Roman citizen" [.
In George Hils' translation of the second ode of Book I, we find a man suddenly raised by fortune to give laws to a city, and then just as suddenly cast down and forced to return to his farm, where he sees his neighbors jeering at him and where, for lack of wood, he must throw "the Fasces on the fire.
Even Cincinnatus, the patron saint of civic virtue, served two full terms as dictator before famously turning in his fasces for a plow.
Esta conciencia fundacional de los Padres de la Patria norteamericana quedo expresada en la simbologia tomada de la republica romana, desde el estilo arquitectonico neoclasico de edificios civiles como el Capitolio, hasta el lema 'E Pluribus Unum' o los fasces que presiden el Congreso.