It is commonly thought that anyone in ancient Rome who killed his father, mother, or another relative was subjected to the ‘punishment of the sack’. But is this true?
From being thrown off a cliff to being sewn into a sack with animals, ancient Rome is notorious for its cruel and unusual punishments. But we must be careful what we take as historical fact.
We build in extra checks and balances, including blind peer review by a second academic expert, additional scrutiny and editorial oversight.
A Roman Feast by Roberto Bompiani (late 19th century).
via Wikimedia Commons
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The truth is out there.
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