"She thought he went on the campaign for love of gold; so she had molten gold poured down the throat of his dead body"

   Marcus Licinius Crassus was a Roman general of legendary wealth in the 1st century BC, whose lust for conquest and glory led to his death in battle against the Parthinian empire.  The version given here is to be found in Book XL, Chapter 26, of a history by the 2nd century AD scholar known as Cassius Dio.  Although Freud mistakenly refers to a Parthinian 'queen' overseeing Crassus' posthumous mutilation, King Orodes II ruled Parthia at the time.


Online text of Cassius Dio's 'Roman History', as translated by Earnest Cary, (circa-200 AD)