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    Roman escort staff?

    What were the staff/crutch looking things that the soldiers in civilian tunica had when they were marching/escorting the emperor or consuls around the city. Is that even a real piece of equipment.
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    the Signum... staff with discs on it?
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    Do you mean the bundle of rods tied with a criss-crossed cord or thong? Sometimes with an axe blade visible? Those are know as the fasces, and they are carried by lictors, not soldiers. The fasces represent the authority of the official they accompany, and the number varied from 2, I think, for an aedile (I think!), up to 24 for a dictator. The college of lictors was a special group of public servants, basically bodyguards and general assistants to the elected officials. The axes were only added for officials with the power of imperium, signifying the ability to inflict capital punishment, but the axes were only used outside the official boundary of Rome (pomerium).

    Of course, I'm only thinking c. first century, and you might be thinking of a different crutch-like officer's staff from a later era!

    Matthew

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    yeah thats it. they would knock on doors with them and tap the ground with them. when they were escorting they would shoulder them like a rifle. Fasces interesting. now that you mention it Yeah it had a brass rectangle looking peice of metal sticking out of it toward the bottom.
    Last edited by Jonathan Hall; 03-19-2013 at 01:05 PM. Reason: spelling
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