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fas·ces

 (făs′ēz′)
pl.n.
A bundle of rods bound together around an axe with the blade projecting, carried before ancient Roman magistrates as an emblem of authority.

[Latin fascēs, pl. of fascis, bundle.]

fasces

(ˈfæsiːz)
pl n, sing -cis (-sɪs)
1. (Historical Terms) (in ancient Rome) one or more bundles of rods containing an axe with its blade protruding; a symbol of a magistrate's power
2. (Historical Terms) (in modern Italy) such an object used as the symbol of Fascism
[C16: from Latin, plural of fascis bundle]

fas•ces

(ˈfæs iz)

n. (usu. with a sing. v.)
a bundle of rods containing an ax with the blade projecting, borne before Roman magistrates as an emblem of official power.
[1590–1600; < Latin, pl. of fascis bundle]

Fasces

 bundle of twigs, 1598; the birch rod, 1799—Wilkes. See also fascicle.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fasces - bundle of rods containing an axe with the blade protrudingfasces - bundle of rods containing an axe with the blade protruding; in ancient Rome it was a symbol of a magistrate's power; in modern Italy it is a symbol of fascism
allegory, emblem - a visible symbol representing an abstract idea
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With a frigate's anchors for my bridle-bitts and fasces of harpoons for spurs, would I could mount that whale and leap the topmost skies, to see whether the fabled heavens with all their countless tents really lie encamped beyond my mortal sight!
"John Bradshaw," says Milton, "appears like a consul, from whom the fasces are not to depart with the year; so that not on the tribunal only, but throughout his life, you would regard him as sitting in judgment upon kings." I find it more credible, since it is anterior information, that one man should know heaven, as the Chinese say, than that so many men should know the world.
From the first seal of the Republic (1792), in which she grips a spear and Roman fasces, to Delacroix's indomitable Amazon wielding a musket (in Liberty Leading the People, 1830), to the blood-curdlingly fierce allegory on the Arc de Triomphe and more, Marianne the warrior has embodied the fortitude of the French Republic.
Etymologically, socialism derives from the same root as "social" and "society"; communism derives from the same root as "commune" and "community"; fascism derives from the Italian word fascismo, which derives from fascio, which means a bundle of rods tightly bound together (from fasces, Latin for "bundle" or "group").
(7) And even when, in a discussion of "savagery," Ishmael admits that "I myself am a savage, owning no allegiance but to the King of the Cannibals" (270), he concludes the chapter with perhaps the most endearing of pronouncements: "With a frigate's anchors for my bridle-bitts and fasces of harpoons for spurs, would I could mount that whale and leap the topmost skies, to see whether the fabled heavens with all their countless tents really lie encamped beyond my mortal sight!" (271).
One bundle of sticks embedded with blades was described as like a "fasces" once carried by Roman magistrates.
Although magistrates-elect did enjoy certain privileges, like the potestas contionandi, even a consul designatus legally still remained a private citizen until he assumed the fasces on the first of January (67).
El jefe y la masa, espejos el uno del otro, colaboran al estallido del Haz, del "fasces", del Fascinus--apelativo latino del falo--que hay que dar brillo en su gloria y defender contra el goce monstruoso del Otro, figurado por los afiches y las imagenes de los periodicos antisemitas durante el nazismo, por ejemplo, que explotaban ese fantasma hasta darle un aspecto alucinante.
Quien narra la escena es Estrabon, en cuya Geografia el termino p,0UGiKa se reserva para una esfera intelectual mucho mas elevada: se emplea para relatar que cuando Tarquinio devolvio a Roma los emblemas de sus magistrados, las fasces, hachas, trompetas y el arte adivinatorio, el monarca hizo lo propio con la musica (Str.
Cuando el rey o, posteriormente, los magistrados con imperium marchaban, los lictores o alguaciles les acompanaban con las fasces, esto es, un haz formado por treinta varas atadas y un hacha, cuya figura constituia la expresion simbolica del imperium conferido a una persona o a un cargo en particular (Garcia, 1983, p.
Jeanne Schroeder parte de la teoria hegeliana de la propiedad y de las categorias clinicas de Lacan para explorar la subjetividad femenina en Lo vestal y los fasces: perspectivas psicoanaliticas y filosoficas de lo femenino y la propiedad, su primera obra en aplicar la teoria psicoanalitica al derecho (Schroeder, 1997).
For example, thin rods made of birch are flexible individually but strong when strapped together in a bundle, or fasces. Political parties from the Roman era to the fascists of the mid-20th century adopted this emblem of strength in unity.