Name and iconography
The Via Volsci Collectives had been active since 1972, taking their name from Via Volsci, the road in which they were based. The constituted the Autonomia Operaia committee of Rome. During 1977 they were subjected to significant repression, the whole street being shut down by the authorities. In 1978 they adopted the name for their monthly journal. The Volsci were one of the Italic tribes who lived in the area when Rome was founded. There were subsequently a series of Roman-Volscian wars from 495BCE until their final defeat in the Second Latin War (340–338 BCE). The journal retained this imagery of resistance to ancient Rome, through the use of an image of Obelix, the character in the French comic book series Asterix, on their masthead.