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.)
More MYTHIC ROME?
PHOTOGRAPH: Scene at the Foro Italico in Rome (the former Foro Mussolini) © Lyle Goldberg
Incredible. I like that you included the skater ~ wonder if he is an American...in my blog world (Southern California), I have noticed most do not even know who Mussolini is.ReplyDelete
Well, just by looking at the guy, I can almost hear the heavy-duty Roman accent... My brother and I have hundreds of photos from the Foro Italico and we will see about letting some more of them loose on the world!ReplyDelete
That would be marvelous...!!ReplyDelete