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A bundle of birch sticks with an axe bound to it made up the fasces

May 27 2012 at 2:27 PM

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Response to old roman symbol. Mussilini saw himself as caeser & his imperial ambitions

In ancient Rome the fasces were the symbol of power through law and order, as carried by the 'lictors' - the guardians of the law-givers (lictors were the Roman equivalent of modern day federal marshals, I guess). Birch canes were used for corporal punishment through flogging, and the axe for capital punishment through beheading! Unsurprisingly, 'fasces' and 'fascist' come from the same linguistic source.

 
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