fasces

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.

 

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About Debi in Merida

I moved from Colorado Springs, Colorado USA to Merida, Yucatan, MX in January 2006. I love to read, garden, travel, and hang out with friends.
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4 Responses to fasces

  1. teresa freeburn says:

    beautiful fall pix-cute dogs! glad you’re recovering from the hurt toe.

    teresa in lake stevens wa.

  2. Andrea Montgomery says:

    I am very glad you liked your tour!! I did that about 30 years ago; I also was very impressed. I have great memories about Richmond and surrounding areas.

    On Sun, Nov 27, 2016 at 8:10 AM, Life after Mérida, Debi in Richmond wrote:

    > Debi in Merida posted: ” 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 in” >

  3. Steve Cotton says:

    And it is where we get the word Fascism.

  4. princesanancy2012 says:

    Debi, that was really interesting.Thanks for sharing.
    It was so good to see you when you were here. You and Tom are missed.

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