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fascis , is, m. cf. φάκελος, fascia, but v fido,
I.a bundle of wood, twigs, straw, reeds, etc.
I. A fagot, fascine; a packet, parcel.
B. A burden, load: “Romanus in armis Injusto sub fasce viam cum carpit,i. e. soldiers' baggage, Verg. G. 3, 347; cf. Quint. 11, 3, 26 Spald.: “(apes) saepe ultro animam sub fasce dedēre,under the burden, Verg. G. 4, 204: “ego hoc te fasce levabo,id. E. 9, 65: “venales humero fasces portare,id. M. 80.—
II. In partic., in plur. fasces, a bundle carried before the highest magistrates, and consisting of rods and an axe, with which criminals were scourged and beheaded.
2. Meton., a high office, esp. the consulship (poet.): “qui petere a populo fasces saevasque secures Imbibit,Lucr. 3, 1009: “illum non populi fasces, non purpura regum Flexit,Verg. G. 2, 495: “ut si Detulerit fasces indigno, detrahet idem,Hor. Ep. 1, 16, 34; id. S. 1, 6, 97: “et titulis et fascibus olim Major habebatur donandi gloria,Juv. 5, 110; Sil. 11, 152.—Of royalty: “diadema Quirini Et fasces meruit,Juv. 8, 260.—*
B. Trop., to give place, to acknowledge one's inferiority: “cum tibi aetas nostra jam cederet fascesque summitteret,Cic. Brut. 6, 22.
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