Weirdly Gruesome Ancient Deaths That Wouldn't Happen Today

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Death in the ancient world was rarely a dignified prospect. While this was certainly true for ordinary people, kings and religious leaders died horribly as well - often from illnesses brought on by excessive eating and drinking. Sometimes, they were just murdered, either by their own people or their enemies.

Many of the weird deaths of the ancient world, such as the Roman emperor forced to drink molten gold, or the gruesome executions used by the Vikings, are the stuff of legends. Little proof exists that these actually took place, or that they were anywhere near as bizarre as the stories say. But if these killings truly were even half as disgusting as the legends, a lot of really powerful ancient people died in really bad ways.

Here are some of the strangest and most brutal deaths that befell leaders of the ancient world.
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