The Roman Fasces of Cincinnati | Statue of Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus
THE PLOW AND THE FASCES – SYMBOLS OF THE REPUBLIC
THE FOUNDING OF A CITY AND ITS CHARACTER
Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, the legendary Roman who defeated the Aequians and rescued the trapped Roan Army. With one hand he returns the fasces, symbol of power and fraternity to the Dictator of Rome. In the other, a plow, which represents his life as citizen and farmer. Cincinnati was named in 1790, after Cincinnatus by Governor Arthur St. Clair, member of the Society of Cincinnati, an order of Revolutionary War Officers whose first President was George Washington (U.S. 1ˢᵗ POTUS), who himself in his day was likened to Cincinnatus.
James Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur – What Is An American: “What then is the American, this ‘New Man’”?
“What then is the American, this new man? . . . He is an American, who, leaving behind him all his ancient prejudices and manners, receives new ones from the […]