A Row of Fasces
with their illusory message of Strength, Unity
and ultimately, World Domination…
Benito Mussolini borrowed this emblem from the magistrates of ancient
, who were accompanied in public by lictors bearing tightly-bound bundles of birch rods, with conspicuously emerging axeheads. Rome
The Duce was never stingy with symbols. And here - in one of the focal sites of his regime - we see a lavish outpouring of imperial imagery.
Ancient Rome...Modern Rome...Ancient Empire...Modern Empire (represented by the tenuous assemblage of Italy, Libya and Abyssinia on the globe beneath the lion's paw.)
PHOTOGRAPH: Scene at the Foro Italico in Rome (the former Foro Mussolini) © Lyle Goldberg