"Senator – believe me – he plans to have me crucified."

Crucifixion, by Fyodor Bronnikov
Public DomainCrucifixion, by Fyodor Bronnikov - Credit: Wikimedia Commons
 Crucifixion was a particularly cruel and painful form of execution, usually reserved for slaves, pirates and enemies of Rome. The criminal was tied or nailed to a cross, often after being whipped and beaten, and left to a long, draw-out death of blood loss or dehydration. The most famous victim of crucifixion at the Romans’ hands was Jesus Christ in the 1st century AD.