Thursday, February 1, 2007

Crucifixion of 2,000 Tyrians by Alexander

Roman senator Quintus Curtius Rufus wrote the History of Alexander the Great, in which he tells that Alexander the Great had 2,000 citizens of Tyre crucified on the shores of the Mediterranean after he had conquered that city in 332 BCE.

"The extent of the bloodshed can be judged from the fact that 6,000 fighting-men were slaughtered within the city's fortifications. It was a sad spectacle that the furious king then provided for the victors: 2,000 Tyrians, who had survived the rage of the tiring Macedonians, now hung nailed to crosses all along the huge expanse of the beach."

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