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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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Since the consuls had to dismiss their lictors/fasces in the presence of a dictator (102) and Sulla decided to stay in Rome and Italy throughout his entire tenure as dictator, his 'return to normalcy' edict of mid-81 may well have ordained that the consuls could resume the monthly turnus of the fasces, notwithstanding his ongoing presence in Rome as dictator (103).
Hohfeld's system can be viewed as entirely dispensing with the concept of the "thing[]" JEANNE LORRAINE SCHROEDER, THE VESTAL AND THE FASCES: Hegel, Lacan, Property and the Feminine 163-75 (1998).
It is then shed into the environment through the fasces where it can spread rapidly through a community, especially in situations of poor hygiene and sanitation.
Modern backing is made from high tech chemicals which are extruded into threads, then braided together multiplying strength and stretch resistance like a fasces. The primary materials used for backing today are Dacron and gel spun polyethylene.
!Todo esto se perdio, si es posible que un ciudadano romano, en una provincia del pueblo romano, en una ciudad federada, sea amarrado y flagelado en medio del foro, por aquel que adquiere sus fasces y el hacha por el favor del pueblo romano!" (Gel.
(1) En el Medievo, las insignias de soberania, entre las que figura el pomo, fueron referidas como potestatis fasces, indumenta regalia, insignia regalia, tal como recoge O.
Further, because every colossus demands its adulators and its worshipers, and because an increasingly secularized America recognized the need for a new sentimental state religion, the political, business, and booster classes chose "Freedom" as the national ideology, symbolized by the national bird clutching fasces of arrows in its claws.
In the foreground on the right, the Emperor's warriors bow before the monk; one of them lays fasces before him in a gesture of recognition of his power to administer justice.
To redirect the misconception and explain my point, I carry a bundle of sticks tied together to represent these fasces. I take one stick out of the bundle and ask a visitor to break it.
(39) Siguiendo el testimonio de Dion Casio, unico autor que nos brinda un testimonio cronologico de estos acontecimientos, en septiembre, Caligula depuso a los dos consules en funciones tras romperles las fasces bajo la excusa de no haber celebrado su cumpleanos (31 de Agosto) y haber conmemorado la victoria de su bisabuelo Augusto sobre su otro bisabuelo Marco Antonio (2 y 3 de Septiembre).
Steel (1885) identified fungal infection usually occurring round the rim of the back feet, at the edge of the hoof slipper, which he attributed to imperfect removal of urine and fasces from the picketing ground.