Now that's an(other) interesting thought. I wonder if there was a fixed number of sticks in a fasces bundle? Say 12?Sounds more like the beginning of a fasces
... I've had a long standing notion that the elite, Sabine Romans were really one and the same as those that assembled the Jewish construct. ...
Absolutely, all part of the convoluted mix. However, people don't realize the extent of Semitic peoples in the Mediterranean and even South Europe really were. For instance, one of the 4 tribes of the Spartans was said to have been founded by a Phoenician. Crete/Minos was mostly Semitic, and there are arguments to be made for a significant part of what we think of as early Greece to have been affected by Semites.Makes me think of the sea peoples described by Egypt turning from Greeks, and/or others from the north and east, into the Philistines.