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From Proto-Indo-European *bhasko ‎(bundle, band), see also Proto-Celtic *baski ‎(bundle, load), Ancient Greek φάκελος ‎(phákelos, bundle), Old English bæst ‎(inner bark of the linden tree), Welsh baich ‎(load, burden), Middle Irish basc ‎(neckband).



fascis m ‎(genitive fascis); third declension

  1. A fagot, fascine; bundle, packet, package, parcel.
  2. A burden, load.
  3. (chiefly in the plural) A bundle carried by lictors before the highest magistrates, consisting of rods and an axe, with which criminals were scourged and beheaded.
  4. A high office, like the consulship.


Third declension i-stem.

Case Singular Plural
nominative fascis fascēs
genitive fascis fascium
dative fascī fascibus
accusative fascem fascēs
ablative fasce fascibus
vocative fascis fascēs


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  • fascis in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • fascis in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • fascis” in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to walk before with the fasces; to lower the fasces: fasces praeferre, summittere