The historic Romans used quite a lot of horrific the right way to execute the ones condemned to dying for crimes starting from rape and homicide, to adultery, libel, and treason. One means referred to as poena cullei, or “penalty of the sack”, concerned stitching up the completely overwhelmed however nonetheless alive accused in a leather-based sack at the side of an collection of reside animal, maximum often a cock, a canine, a monkey and a serpent, after which throwing the sack into water. Another means of execution, reserved for the worst criminals, runaway slaves, and Christians, concerned throwing the accused in a pit to be wolfed by way of wild animals. The Colosseum used to be frequently used for this sort of execution, referred to as damnatio advert bestias, or “condemnation to beasts”.
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