Just how much can we discuss about a pile of wood? Well, episode 47 of the Ancient Art Podcast about the Roman Fasces dares to find out! Composed of a bundle of rods with an axe blade sticking out, this ancient symbol of solidarity and judicial authority was a very recognizable sight in Ancient Rome. We explore the symbolism of the fasces, its different makes and models, where it came from and where it went. The fasces remains highly popular today on military and political crests, emblems, and shields across the world. We'll also be introduced to some good Roman citizens, whose careers crossed paths with the fasces, including lictors bodyguards, flamen priests, and magistrates. Explore more episodes, image galleries, credits, transcripts, and additional resources at ancientartpodcast.org. Connect at twitter.com/lucaslivingston and facebook.com/ancientartpodcast.