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The vexilloid of the Roman Empire was emblazoned with initials S·P·Q·R (senātus populusque Rōmānus), which in Latin means "the senate and the people of Rome".

A vexilloid has the same functions as a flag but it looks different. Vexilloids are characteristic of traditional societies and ancient empires (Flags did not come into general use until medieval times.). A vexilloid consists of a staff held upright with a cloth banner that hangs down vertically on the staff and on top of the staff is an emblem, such as a carved animal.


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