Tom and I did a bus and walking tour in Richmond yesterday.
We are interested in the history of Richmond.
One part of the tour included a short tour of the Capital building.
Fascinating, we had an interesting guide, with lots of interesting tidbits of info.
The favored part for me was learning about the fasces. In the Capital rotunda is a statue of George Washington. The guide gave us lots of info on the symbolism of the statue.
The statue depicts Washington transitioning from General, President, and Statesman to, well, just a regular guy.
Washington is show in incomplete military uniform, sword sheated, using a walking stick, there is a plowblade behind him to symbolize his return to farming. My favorite bit is he is leaning on a bundle of 13 rods, known as fasces. Fasce date back to the Etruscans. The use of 13 in this presentation represents the original colonies, and the fasce themself represent strength in unity. Where one rod is strong, thirteen are stronger. I really like this, and it resonates with me right now.
The fasce are repeated all around the Capital, the most obvious being the fence surrounding the grounds.
It was a pretty good tour, with insights in to several bits of Richmond.
The Capital Guide was great, with lots of information and history.