(In ancient Rome) an officer attending the consul or other magistrate, bearing the fasces, and executing sentences on offenders.
- Like the fasces carried by Roman lictors, weaving, in which separate strands are plaited together to form a new and far more robust entity, becomes the embodiment of communal strength and unity of purpose.
- The fasces of Italian fascism are nicked from the fasces carried by the lictors, symbolising the unity of the Roman people.
- The very word ‘Fascism’ is an allusion to the tied-up bundle of rods (the fasces) that the lictors of ancient Rome bore as a visible symbol of the united strength of the Roman people.
Latin, perhaps related to ligare 'to bind'.
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