Wherever you go, They Go

They’re everywhere. Like, literally they really are. This fasces was seen yesterday around the area of Rockefeller Center.  One thing that peaked my interest in them is the fact that I could take a selfie with them and I would get easy extra credit points. Another reason for my excitement is the colors. Usually in the past when I have seen faces they were very plain, rusty and just blend. This one, on the other hand, is vibrant. They both posses several colors, vibrant enough to catch the attention of the tourists.

-Izadora, Team AphroditeIMG_2473[1]


On this trip to lower Manhattan, there were unique and interesting piece’s of Art. One image that stood out to me was the was the fasces on different buildings.  Each fasce represents a different idea or culture and this individual fasce was on the city bank farmers trust building.

Anthony Mancuso     Team Venus




The Fasces of New York

While scurrying through the streets of New York I encountered a hidden array of coins used to illustrate more that just the influence of the Greek , but of the foundation of the original American ideal of government. One coin is an illustration of a Native American that portrays liberty and the other of a woman that demonstrates a republic. Together they symbolizes America’s democratic republic.

Samantha , Team Minerva

Fasces in Manhattan


This is a photo of a Roman coin on the side of Citi Bank. Roman currency is important because it was made out of precious materials and depicted powerful images. This is placed on the walls of Citi Bank to show the power of the Romans and also connect an ancient form of money to the modern currency. Placing coins on a bank subconsciously makes you think of money and it is a good advertising strategy that is used by Citi Bank.

Fasces and familiar faces


While on the Classics trip in lower Manhattan this past Friday, my group and I stopped to write about this statue situated at the entrance of the Alexander Hamilto U.S Custom House. The statues surrounding the building were meant to represent the seven different continents and the culture they each contain. I felt this image was relevant to both Art and Classics because it shares the Greco-Roman appearance of sculptures we studied previously, as well as the influence from different cultures we focused on in Classics. The two figures closely resemble Aphrodite and the Doryphoros based on the facial features and the draped clothing (or lack thereof). The signature archaic smile graces the faces of both figures and the realist proportions of their bodies give it a Greek Classical period feel. While ancient Greek statues were often made of bronze or marble, this piece seems to be made out of concrete, a more modern alternative. Additionally, the statue is used for aesthetic purposes and to show a connection between different periods of world history, rather than as a grave marker or symbol of wealth.

– Natalie, Team Vesta

Fasces of power


This coin was on the side of the City Bank building. I think they decided to put the coin on the building because in Chinese culture the dragon is symbolic for many desired qualities. The dragon symbolizes power, strength, control. All these qualities are desired when talking about financies which is why I believe it was put on the side of the bank.

Andrew Silva    Team Zeus

Fasce with Team Hera

Fasces in front of Federal Hall
For those who stayed behind, Prof Yarrow explained where exactly the fasce was and its significance. Prof Yarrow has said that it stands for symbolism of status and nobility. Fasces are usually made from a bunch of wood tucked together to form a barrel of wood. By the way, there is a bathroom in the basement of federal hall! There were also fasces found in front of the City Bank. One looked like a soldier and the other one looked like a leader. There was engravings that said ” FANEION”.

Federal Hall Fasces

The fasces under George Washington’s outstretched arm at Federal Hall is meant to represent his authority and power as he is inaugurated. Washington was a well-known military leader before he became president, and so his strength is symbolized by a sign of Roman sovereignty that was often used in military contexts.


Fasces on the City Bank


This fasces was seen above the window on the City Bank-Farmers Trust Building. The figure in the coin looks like a Roman soldier. Both of them (the bank and the Roman soldier) depict the idea of power. The Roman soldier depicts the idea of power because a soldier is considered powerful who protects other people. The bank depicts the idea of power because bank has money and anyone who has money is considered powerful.

Gurleen Kaur, Team Venus

FASCES Superiority

This was found above a window in the City Bank- Farmers Trust Company Building. This Roman solider was designed to show power. This power can be translated to the bank as it is important for banks to have superiority and prestige. As a result, this translates to the building as the building is viewed as a strong, and prestigious bank.

Adam Allan, Team Ares





During our trip to lower Manhattan on October 21st, I noticed fasces on the statue of George Washington in front of Federal Hall. He is standing with the fasces on his right. I infer that the facses is there since this is the location where Washington took the oath of office to be inaugurated as our first President. The fasces is a symbol of authority and Washington is the first president a supreme authoritative symbol of our country.


Fasces at City Bank

City Bank Farmers Trust Company Building


As my group and I did our rounds, going from building to building and fillling out the worksheet, we came across perfect examples of fasces when we went to the City Bank Farmers Trust Company Building. Though it may seem strange to have found an example of it at the bank, as sown in the picture above, the fasces represents a certain kind of strength and unity, attributes which I’m sure the architects and the heads of the bank wanted to ingrain in their image of it.

Skaie Cooper, Team Ares

The Warrior Fasces on the Bank

This form of fasces was found above a window on the City Bank-Farmers Trust Company Building. This design element of a Roman soldier is to show a form of power and prestige within the bank itself. A bank is an important and vital business in this world, and showing this specific image conveys the idea that the building is a prestigious and powerful entity.

Sean Reilly, Team Artemis


Fasces of City Bank


Found above the main entrance of the City Bank- Farmers Trust Company Building on 20 Exchange Place, multiple fasces can be seen. There are three on the arch and two on the each side of it. The two bigger fasces show two men facing each other under the wings of a bird. The fasces shows the words “City Bank Farmers Trust Company New York”. The idea that two men are facing each other at eye level suggests the trust they established with each other. Under the wings of a bird can indicate that ones’ valuables are protected and give the sense of security. City Bank Farmers Trust Company of New York wants to provide the utmost security in service to their clients, which is why they used these fasces for their company.

Mary Huang, Team Vulcan

Fasces Everywhere

IMG_1934 While walking along the perimeter of the City Bank on 20 exchange Place at Beaver Street, I noticed high up on the wall there was a line of fasces surrounding the building.  The one that captured my attention had two heads back to back staring in opposite directions. The faces look male, they are sharing a neck as a base, and their faces look emotionless. I perhaps thought this might be because of their high level of authority as magistrates.

-Izadora, Team Aphrodite

Fasces at Federal Hall


Located at Federal Hall is a massive sized statue of George Washington. At first I did not notice the fasces located under his right arm. But after stepping on to the rostra and studying the statue for a few minutes it was clear that it was a fasces. I feel that they strategically placed this fasces in order to show that George Washington was a powerful person with great authority that played a major role in the development of the United States.

Naim, Team Vulcan

Federal Hall Fasces



I found this fasces on the statue of George Washington outside of Federal Hall during our field trip  to Manhattan. Considering that fasces were used as a symbol of authority and power in Ancient Rome, I can only imagine that the reason there is a fasces on George Washington’s statue is to show his authority and power as the president of the United States.

Hinda, Team Mars

Hidden Fasces

IMG_0004.jpgI walked around the statue of George Washington in front of the Federal Hall National Memorial Building for maybe five minutes before I found the fasces in the statue. Although this was the first one I identified (correctly), I spotted more and more throughout the remainder of my trip. In addition, the amount of classical style columns used outside of buildings in Manhattan is unbelievable! One would almost think that our city was modeled after ancient Rome itself.

Gabriella, Team Hestia

Wheat Fasces at 20 Exchange Place

This photo was taken at 20 Exchange Place. It shows a use of a coin as decoration. This coin shows six wheat bushels tied together with the symbols “AVGV” on the left and “STVS” on the right. The symbols are meant to spell out Augustus and he was the Roman emperor who brought Rome into Pax Romana, a time of great economic stability. Now an apartment building, 20 Exchange Place used to be the Farmers Trust building, a banking hall and an office building. This coin is an example of a fasces,  a symbol of the authority of a Roman magistrate, or an elected official. This fasces is meant to show that the building is a place of plentiful wealth and economic stablitity. This is because wheat is often a symbol for plentiful wealth and Augustus is associated with economic stability. IMG_8550

Lion at City Bank


I found this fasces under the windows of City Bank. Fasces are a symbol of authority and power which is paired with another symbol of power and courage, the lion. I believe this fasces was put there at City Bank to show the strength and authority of City Bank.

-Alvin Zhao, Team Venus

An American Fasces

This was taken at 100 Broadway, and inside the building there are several business such as TD Ameritrade, Moodys Investor Services, and Parsons Infrastructure Group. These businesses deal with either management or finical works. Often times compared to other countries especially in Europe, America is much more focused on work and getting money and barley taking any vacation which would make sense on why the building has a fasces with an American Eagle on a sword; it is a very powerful patriotic symbol. That is why I think it is on the building.

Emma Team Saturn

Hidden Gems in NYC

On our trip in Lower Manhattan, my group and I came across quite a few fasces, or rather, what we assumed to be fasces. I’m not quite sure if these are fasces or just coins but I did find this on the City Bank-Farmers Trust Company Building. Although the picture looks blurry (because I zoomed in too much) the fasce/coin has the illustrations of what resembles an axe. It also has the word “Italia” written on it. I also saw the head of a lion on it but then again, my eyesight has been known to fail me many times so I can’t be sure if it’s a lion or something else. Since fasces symbolize the power that the magistrate or a higher power held, it was probably placed on this building as a symbol of nobility and importance.

Aisha, Team Ares




This Fasces was found on the 100 Broadway building. The eagle, which is a simple of power for the U.S., signifies high importance and authority, especially placed over a sword.

Camille, Team Diana



After visiting City Bank, only a few streets away, I discovered this ram with horns that reminded me of Alexander the Great. The ram was a part of the decoration for a building that was not historical relevant. It was only a small business. However, this decoration could be used to emphasize the power of consumers and money in New York City, which is similar to the power of Alexander the Great.

–  Rebecca Lee, Team Jupiter

Eagle on Clock… Fasces?


I found this Eagle in the Federal Hall National Memorial. This building serves as a museum and memorial of the first President. It was the place where George Washington took an oath of office as first president. Also this site is home to the first Congress and Executive branch office. This eagle can be used on a fasces to represent a war flag. Also the way the eagle’s head is turned, it’s similar to the war flag with the eagle and fasces. I think this eagle was used here to symbolize America. Since the Eagle represents courage, strength, and immortality. The Ancient Rome used the Eagle to represent power.


Jia Gao, Team Athena


The Fasces of U.S. Custom House


This picture was taken in the side door’s interior wall of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House. The U.S. Custom House is located in 1 Bowling Green, New York, NY 10004. The building was designed by Minnesotan Cass Gilbert and built in 1902-07 by the federal government, to house the duty collection operations of the port of New York. Before the federal income tax was imposed, the first source of revenue was the custom duty,  New York had been a very important port city of United States. Fasces resemble power and authority, being such an important building, for sure it will have this symbol in its design. My assumption of this facses in the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House is it represents the power of the New York’s economic and the significance of this building to the city.








I’m actually unsure of whether or not if this is a symbol of a fasce or if it’s just a design of a coin but I did find this at the America Surety Building. They had many different symbols that reminded me of fasces, such as the Eagle at the very front with a shield in front of it that is split into 4 different parts. Another symbol would be the two faces that are right beside the Eagle in the center. There is a female and male God/Goddess, although I’m not quite sure who they represent. They could represent the different amounts of power and leaders they had throughout history.

-Michelle Z. , Team Zeus



This fasces was located front of Federal Hall National Memorial building. While I was walking around, I didn’t notice the fasces until I was on the rostra and I look closer on his right side and I saw fasces. The faces was place there because to show how powerful George Washington was since he was the first president of the United States. The George Washing statue show the authority as well.

-Mantaha, Team vulcan



This fasces is located on the City Bank building. I’m not 100% sure what it represents, but as I was observing it with my group we made a conclusion that in the middle of it is a flower, and around it are letters which I thought that might be greek letters.

Edyta, Team Aphrodite

Power in Eagle

This fasces is located in the window next to the Federal Hall.

The image depicted in this fasces is an Eagle with wreath and ribbon. This specific design was used in the Federal Hall because in the Ancient civilizations Eagles were often associated with Emperors and authority. The wreaths also served as decoration for God and Emperors, who had absolute authority in the Ancient civilization. This particular fasces is appropriate to the function of Federal Hall since it was a  government building. They serve to reinstate the authoritativeness of the government and lend the government the same asserting and commanding atmosphere as the Emperors of Ancient civilization by using this specific design of fasces.

Masuma, Team Mercury.

Reoccurring figure


When I entered the Federal Hall, I looked around and I saw this going all around in this building. It shows a women surrounded by a design. This made me think of an example of fasces because it is a symbol of the authority of a Roman elected official. I am not exactly sure who the woman is but since she is high up and all around this building, I am assuming she plays a big role. This design element might have been used in this specific location to show the person who is looked up to.

-Raine, Team Jupiter

George’s Fasce

George Washington was standing in front of this fasces, This statue is located in front of Federal Hall. The fasce was put in the statue with George Washington our first president was to show the power he represented as our first presidential figure that would represent the start of a new nation.

Francecsa, Team cronos 


mine bih

This example of a Fasces can be located at the entry to the right of the main entrance of the Alexander Hamilton United States Custom House at Bowling Green. This building serves to collect duties from operations at the Port of New York, which consists of a large region of waterways and airways, and is the largest center for international flights and freights in the nation. The symbol of the Fasces on the building can be symbolic of the House’s authority over such a great area, and its ability to impose strict punishment if regulations are not followed, and surely represents its importance to the New York City area.


Daniel, Team Diana.