"along with their retinues and their symbolic rods and axes"

Cincinnatus holding the Fasces. Statue from Cincinnati, OH
GNU Free Documentation LicenseCincinnatus holding the Fasces. Statue from Cincinnati, OH - Credit: Ellywa/Wikimedia Commons
The fasces, a bundle of birch rods tied into a cylinder, sometimes with one or two axe heads projecting from the sides, were symbols of power and authority in ancient Rome. These were held by the lictors (personal bodyguards) of important magistrates, and carried before them in processions.