Roman Civil Servants
An illustration of two lictors, members of a special class of Roman civil servants. Lictors had special tasks of attending and guarding magistrates of the Roman Republic and Empire who held imperium; essentially, a bodyguard. The origin of the tradition of lictors goes back to the time when Rome was a kingdom, perhaps acquired from their Etruscan neighbours.
P. V. N. Myers A General History for Colleges and High Schools (Boston, MA: Ginn & Company, 1896)