Thursday, February 1, 2007

Crucifixion of Polycrates by Oroetes

Herodotus, writing about 450 BC, mentions crucifixion three times in his histories, including the death by crucifixion after torture, of the tyrant of the island of Samos, Polycrates, around 522 BC at the hands of Oroetes, the Persian governor of Sardis.

(painting by Salvator Rosa, The Crucifixion of Polycrates, c. 1663-64)

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