Our Logo, the Myth
The god Vulcan forging Aeneas' shield is the symbol and logo of Fucine Romane. Its inspiration is the Aeneid, the myth of the foundation of Rome, the sprout of Civilisation.
Fucine Romane is indivisibly linked to the history of the Eternal City, its myths and legends, its Gods and Heroes. Fucine Romane's logo is a legacy of historical, artistic, philosophical and cultural greatness.
The Aeneid, Rome's epic poem par excellence, was written by Virgil in 19 B.C., who was the supreme poet and future guide to Dante Alighieri in the Inferno of the Divine Comedy. The epic poem tells the story of the exile Aeneas, son of Anchises and the goddess Venus. After many struggles, Aeneas lands on the shores of Latium, in central Italy, whence his offspring will fund the city of Rome.
The eighth book of the Poem (VIII: 370-453; 608-731) recounts the majestic episode in which Vulcan, the God of fire and metalworking, forges Aeneas' shield upon request by his mother Venus. Working in his forge inside Mount Etna, amid the deafening clamour and black soot, Vulcan and his Cyclops create the mythical Shield depicting the entire future history of Rome. This admirable and legendary shield is the inspiration of Fucine Romane’s logo.
The shield has an immense symbolic charge; its circular shape makes it the symbol of the Cosmos. The round universe in which our city, at its apogee, coincided with the entire World. It conquered the Celestial Kingdom, with Julius Caesar assisting Augustus in battle in the form of a star - the Sidus Iulium - and the Underworld, with Cato condemning the vicious souls to hell.
Vulcan, the creator of the shield, thus becomes the symbol of the Demiurge, the Creator of a Universe destined to become roman, in time and space - an 'Imperium sine fine'.