Brief History Of The Guillotine: A Cruel Method

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8. Scaphism
Scaphism was a cruel method originated from ancient Persia against their enemies. They put the condemned to a container and firmly fastened him within a back-to-back pair of narrow rowboats with his head, hands, and feet protruding outside from this container. Then the executioner forcedly fed large amount of honey and milk to the condemned. Also, a mixture of milk and honey rubbed on the exposed part of his body to attract the flies. Then he was left afloat on a lake. Later, the person’s fecal, which was caused by diarrhea, accumulated the container and the condemned caught gangrene. The execution could last over two weeks as the result of starvation, dehydration and septic shock.
While the method was so cruel and brutal, but take it into account that the ancient Persians could not burn, drown or buried anyone – even their deceased relatives - due to their religion. Not to mention that this method was used in modern time by the Soviet KGB for torturing the prisoners.
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The modern barbaric invented method by the French inventor, Guillotine, can be considered as the evolution of the all medieval cruel punishment methods. It was introduced as a quick and painless method to carry out the capital punishment by beheading. The Guillotine –in its original form- was used in Ireland, England and Italy during the 14th and 15th centuries. Furthermore, this device was used in France during the French Republic Revolution and is well known for and was symbol of the Reign of Terror. It was in use until 1977. Luis XVI de Francia was the most famous person who was executed by this

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