Definition of fascis
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LNS
fascis, fascis
φάκελος, cf. φάκελος, fascia, but v fido
noun (m., 3rd pure I-stem declension)
  1. a bundle
  2. A fagot, fascine
  3. a packet, parcel
  4. A burden, load
  5. a bundle carried before the highest magistrates, and consisting of rods and an axe, with which, criminals were scourged and beheaded
  6. before the people
Abbreviations
fascis, is, m. cf. φάκελος, fascia, but v fido, a bundle of wood, twigs, straw, reeds, etc. A fagot, fascine; a packet, parcel. In gen. (rare): fasces stramentorum ac virgultorum, Hirt. B. G. 8, 15, 6: lignorum, Tac. A. 13, 35: magno comites in fasce libelli, Juv. 7, 107: tot crimina, tot reos uno velut fasce complecti, Plin. Ep. 3, 9, 9.

—Trop., of a crowd of people, Vulg. Isa. 24, 22.

— 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.

— 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. Prop.: lictores duo, duo viminei fasces virgarum, Plaut. Ep. 1, 1, 26: ut sibi (Tullo Hostilio) duodecim lictores cum fascibus anteire liceret, etc., Cic. Rep. 2, 17: anteibant lictores cum fascibus duobus, id. Agr. 2, 34, 93: fasces praetoribus praeferuntur, Cic. Verr. 2, 5, 9, § 22: Publicola statim secures de fascibus demi jussit, id. Rep. 2, 31: tum demissi populo fasces, lowered (as a mark of respect) before the people, id. ib. 1, 40, 62; cf.: P. Valerius fasces primus demitti jussit, id. ib. 2, 31; for which: (P. Valerius) summissis fascibus in contionem escendit, Liv. 2, 7, 7; cf. under B.: paulo ante dimissi fasces, surrendered, Plin. Pan. 61, 7: praecedebant incompta signa, versi fasces, at the funeral of Germanicus, Tac. A. 3, 2 init.: neque in litteris, neque in fascibus insignia laureae praetulit, Caes. B. C. 3, 71, 3; cf.: visus C. Marius cum fascibus laureatis, Cic. Div. 1, 28, 59; so, laureati, id. Att. 8, 3, 5: imperatorii, Tac. A. 13, 9.

— 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.

—* 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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