The Fasces: A History of Ancient Rome's Most Dangerous Political Symbol

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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.49 X 9.35 X 1.08 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author
T. Corey Brennan is a Professor of Classics at Rutgers University and author of The Praetorship in the Roman Republic and Sabina Augusta: An Imperial Journey. He has appeared on television documentaries that concern the ancient world, most recently for Netflix, BBC2, and the History Channel.

"Brennan follows a symbol of authority from ancient Rome, via Mussolini and Lincoln, to today's far Right.... Compelling." -- The Telegraph

"Few political icons can boast the longevity of the fasces, the bundle of rods surrounding an axe variously employed by the ancient Etruscans and Romans, French and American revolutionaries, and (most infamously) Mussolini's fascists. In the first comprehensive study of its kind, Cory Brennan expertly traces the complex history and shifting meanings of this powerful symbol--a history all the more important given the re-emergence of the fasces in the hands of the contemporary Alt-Right." -- Joshua Arthurs, University of Toronto

"Power expresses itself through symbols and perhaps no symbol has been as potent, from imperial Rome to Mussolini's fascist Italy, as the Roman fasces. T. Corey Brennan in his illuminating and eloquently written book traces this use of the fasces from its origins to the present, exploring what this symbol seeks to impart. He dissects, in the process, the nature of autocratic power and the manipulation of symbols to justify and suppress aspirations for liberty." -- Chris Hedges, author of War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning

"The fasces are one of the most potent symbols of terrifying power and are ineradicably associated with contemporary political extremism. But their history is longer, richer, and even more fascinating. No-one is better equipped than Corey Brennan to tell this story -- and he tells it brilliantly." -- Christopher Smith, University of St Andrews