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Ancient Rome's 10 Most Horrifying Tortures

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The basic norm in ancient Rome was that slaves may be tortured at will. In reality, any free man accused of a crime was strongly advised to have his slaves tortured in his place, frequently to death, in order to achieve a conviction. That didn't stop Rome's ruling class from torturing the country's free men and women. There were always loopholes in ancient Rome's rules, and the elite rulers took advantage of them all.

10.Sewn Into A Donkey


You don't have to look much further than ancient Rome to find harsh and unique types of torture. Consider the following torture described by Apuleius (The Golden Ass) and Lucian (Lucius, or the Ass): The entrails of a donkey would be taken when it was slaughtered and its belly cut open.

After that, the accused was stripped of his clothes and placed inside the animal's stomach. The accused's belly was sewn shut, leaving just his head exposed, averting asphyxia but extending his misery. The body of the donkey was left in the sun. It would begin to disintegrate, with the heat cooking the living victim within.

Vultures would nibble at the animal's rotting meat, and maggots would crawl all over the accused. While death was pleasant, it came slowly for the torment sufferer.

9. Fed To Wild Hogs


While Heliopolis was under Roman authority, Saint Gregory detailed horrific torture that was perpetrated on young ladies by the inhabitants of Heliopolis: "Any virgin who was to suffer this torment was first delivered to the gladiators.

" The young woman was publicly undressed when she was no longer a virgin, and her tummy was cut open, spilling her contents out. She was packed with barley and stitched back together, only to be put to wild hogs. She'd be ripped apart after that.

8. Cut off


The higher your rank in ancient Rome, the more individuals you could bone without consequence. The emperor, for example, would have his way with whomever he pleased. Soldiers might go after regular civilians, while generals could go after lieutenants. It was banned to climb the social ladder.

Public castration was the punishment for a regular person who opted to enter an unwilling soldier. A soldier would be publically disemboweled if he willingly permitted a civilian to enter him. The combination of these restrictions and sincere male love muddied the waters significantly.

Anyone may accuse a guy of breaking rank or willingly allowing a man of lower status to penetrate him.

7. Tied off


For good cause, Tiberius was one of the most feared and despised rulers in Roman history. He was nearly always in a nasty temper and delighted in inventing torturous punishments. His brutality was often directed at the victim's penis, and he was known to ask his adversaries to drink wine with him.

As his victims drank their fill, he would tie the tops of their members shut, preventing them from urinating. The true tortures began after that, and the victims were unable to empty their bladders.

6. Tortured Senator


Caligula, the Emperor, was equally as ruthless as Tiberius. He slashed the throat of a senator at one point. Caligula ordered that the senator's eyes be removed when he survived. After that, his inside organs were removed using heated pincers. To make matters worse, the senator was hacked in half and ripped apart.

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Death, according to Roman religion, was a liberation rather than a punishment. Torture was used as a form of punishment, and death was only permitted when a specific level of suffering and horror had been experienced.

5.Nailed Into Barrels


Before the wonderful relief of death, some people were intended to suffer longer than others. Christians were tortured in the most heinous methods under Emperor Domitian. One of the most heinous acts of torture was smearing a Christian with honey and milk. After that, the victim was nailed in a barrel and forced-fed parasite-infested food. The parasites feasted on the victim's insides, causing the victim's body to decay internal the barrel. After roughly two weeks of torture, the prisoner would succumb to the suffering and become a Christian martyr.

4.Buried Alive


Emperor Nero loved it when individuals were buried alive. This penalty was almost entirely reserved for vestal virgins who had broken their chastity vows. Nero allegedly forced himself on the priestess Rubria, according to one version. She was imprisoned in a tiny cave and left to starve to death as a punishment.

Another kind of torture sanctioned by Nero was for the guilty to dig his own grave. A stake was placed within the grave after it was excavated. Following that, the accused was shackled and pushed into the grave.

If his offense was small, he would be dragged to the point where the spike would penetrate his heart. Anyone convicted of a serious crime was forced to be burned alive at the stake. He was then abandoned to expire in agonizing pain.

3.Eaten Through the Middle


As was the case with the cauldron torture, executioners frequently employed animals to carry out their barbarism. A starving animal, such as a mouse, dog, or cat, was placed into a tiny cauldron for this specific torture. The cauldron's entrance was then attached to the accused's abdomen. The executioner would light a fire at the rear of the cauldron, making it exceedingly hot within. The animal would become agitated and attempt to flee. The accused's belly provided the only soft "base" for it to burrow its way out.

2. Bee Basket


One unusual method of torture was to strip a prisoner naked and place him into a huge, loosely woven basket. After that, the basket was lifted up onto a tree with a huge, busy beehive. The bees became enraged immediately, and the individual in the basket was stung to death. The accused was supposed to be tortured for as long as possible. However, in other cases, the victim of this torture perished quite soon owing to a bee sting allergy.



Crucifixion was a favorite pastime of the ancient Romans. It was once the most common way of torturing and killing thousands of slaves. Crucifixion did not necessarily include the guilty being nailed to a cross. The accused was sometimes stripped naked, his head was covered, and he was bound to a cross or fork. He was then flogged until he died, which might take a long time.

If the accused wasn't going to die from continual flogging, the next step was to nail his hands to the cross beam. He was then placed onto a planted post and nailed to it with his feet. He might be left to endure a slow death or his thighs could be shattered to hasten his demise.

The accused may be hung upside down on the post in some circumstances. The executioner would sometimes drive the post through the accused's private parts. Execution methods vary from one executioner to the next, and there was no universal method of crucifixion.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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