Stabbing, crucifixion, eaten by eels: learn all about murder the Roman way

Enlarge / University of Birmingham historian Dr. Emma Southon explores murder in ancient Rome in her new book, A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.Abrams Press

There once was a wealthy Roman man named Vedius Pollio, infamous for maintaining a reservoir of man-eating eels, into which he would throw any slaves who displeased him, resulting in their gruesome deaths. When Emperor Augustus dined with him on one memorable occasion, a servant broke a crystal goblet, and an enraged Vidius order the servant thrown to the eels. Augustus was shocked, and ordered all the crystal at the table to be broken. Vidius

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