The Persian impair believed in justice. They had strict and careful rules about sentencing a punishment for a crime. No one, they believed, should be executed for a first offense, and every criminal’s good deeds should be considered before handing down judgement. If someone was going to suffer, he should deserve it.
But if you did deserve it, the Persians made sure you paid for it. They come up with some of the most imaginative and brutal punishments in history. Justice in ancient Persia wasn’t always swift-it was a slow, prolonged, and painful torture torn from your worst nightmares.
(1), making a chair out of your skin
When a Persian judge named sisamnes was caught accepting a bribe, king Darrius was determined to make an example out of him.
The courts of Persia, Darrius believed, should be impartial and fair, he was going to be sure that siamnes’s replacement didn’t make the same mistake. Sisamnes was killed, but that was just the start. After his throat had been slit, Darrius had the executioner flay off every inch of his skin and make them into strips of human leather. Then he had the sew together a chair made of sisamnes skin. From then on, the new judge would have to sit on a chair made of human flesh.
It gets worse: sisamnes replacement was his own son. As he presided over Persia’s trials, he would have to spend every day sitting on a chair made of his father’s flesh. Now, king Darrius believed, they would have a judge who would never forget what happen if he accepted a bribe.
(2), drowning in a pool of ashes
One of the worst deaths you could suffer in ancient Persia was suffocating by ashes. It was a punishment reserved for the worst criminals: those guilty of high treason or offenses against the gods. And it was horrifying.
The Persians kept 23 mete tall (75ft) hollow tower that was filled with nothing but ashes and wheels. At the top was a sliding platform, and the criminal would be taken to it and thrown in. he would plummet down into the center of the tower. The fall would likely break a few bones, but the ashes would keep him alive long enough to suffer the slower, more brutal death they had planned
The executioner would turn the wheels. Men outside would put them into motion, swirling the ashes around to force them into the convict’s nose and mouth. He would inhale them, suffocating on burned ashes until he died.
It’s a sentence more than a few people faced, and it even shows up in the bible. In it, a corrupt Jewish priest is killed by the Persians in the tower of ashes. When he dies, his family isn’t allowed to bury his remains. And that the bible says to conclude the story, was just what he deserved.
(3), pouring molten gold down your throat
When the roman emperor valerian was captured by Persian soldiers, he met a horrible end. He died a death that might sound like something pulled out of game of thrones. The real story, though, is much worse.
Persian emperor shapur I kept valerian as his personal slave. He would parade him in front of his army, his hands and legs shackled, treating him like a dog. He humiliates him every way he could. Before mounting his horse, shapur would make valerian get down on his hands and knees so that he could use him as a human stool.
When shapur got bored of his toy, he killed him. He poured molten gold down valerians throat. Then he had the emperor of Rome taxidermies. Valerian was skinned and stuffed with straw. And his dead body was put on display in Persian temple- a trophy of gold and human remains.