(Note to regular readers. I'll be taking a break from England/Archeology now to give a little attention to my recent first ever trip to Washington DC. Back across the pond in a bit)
Its no great secret that the Founding Fathers had a thing about Rome. They hoped to take the best of it and, avoiding its failings, transplant it to new shores. Some of the borrowings are direct. We too have a Senate, a Capitol. Others are stylistic, hence the dramatic architecture:
Fasces traditional symbol of Roman authority. Note that this version is without a protruding axe blade, indicating that within the capitol city the ruler did not have the arbitrary power of life and death. Make of it what you will, but in the House Chamber you see this:
As to the later association of the symbol with 20th century Fascism, well we have avoided it so far.
Tune in over the next little while for more images of Rome as transplanted to the Potomac.