The Roman Fasces of Cincinnati | Statue of Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus

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 Continue reading The Roman Fasces of Cincinnati | Statue of Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus

Columbia (American Minerva) and the Fasces in “Reconstruction” for Equal Rights (1868), Harper’s Weekly | Artist Thomas Nast

“Reconstruction” by German-born American political cartoonist, Thomas Nast illustrates the Southern states being brought back into order with the North into the ancient symbol of collective power and fraternity, the fasces, and the nation’s motto, E Pluribus Unum (“Out of Many, One”). The symbolism of Columbia (America) depicted in Thomas Nast’s cartoon illustrations are highly Continue reading Columbia (American Minerva) and the Fasces in “Reconstruction” for Equal Rights (1868), Harper’s Weekly | Artist Thomas Nast