Fascist Salutes, German National Socialist salutes or Roman Salutes?
|Fasces - Roman Imperial Symbol|
So called Fascist salutes and German National Socialist salutes are actually Imperial Roman Salutes. In Ancient Rome, under the
Roman Empire, Roman Emperors were greeted with the words Ave Caesar and a rising extended right arm.
Ave, Imperator, morituri te salutant or Ave, Caesar, morituri te salutant, meaning Hail Emperor (Caesar being the word for Emperor) those who are about to die salute you.
So both the Italian Fascist movement and the National Socialist German Worker’s Party adopted the Imperial Roman custom to salute their leaders. A translation of Sieg Heil would be Heil Victory. Both were seen and saw themselves as the continuation of the
Holy Roman Empire that, by the way, was the inspiration for the creation of the European Union that fondly remembers Emperor Charlemagne. The first contemporary version of the present European Union was Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler.
Fascism is ideologically a direct descendent of Imperial Rome. The original symbol of fascism was the fasces. This is an ancient Roman symbol of power and it consists of a bundle of sticks featuring an axe, indicating the power over life and death. From fasces came the word Fascio (leagues) as a symbol of strength through unity. From Fascio came the world Fascist.
In the era of mass communications, the levels of ignorance of political commentators and politicians are absolutely appalling.
When we study the Roman Civilization, there isn't much concern about peace treaties, human rights or violations of International Law. Julius Caesar said Veni, Vidi, Vincet (I came, I saw, I conquered) and nobody gave a damn about Julius Caesar's right or lack of right to conquer part of today's Britain and of much of Europe. The Romans conquered Europe because they could. Full stop.