Weird History Bizarre Ancient Deaths You Didn't Study In History Class  

Rebecca High

If you were responsible for choosing your own method of death, would you be able to come up with anything more creative than some of these folk from ancient times? This video highlights a few of the most bizarre deaths ever recorded - and not all of them were necessarily torturous.

For example, Marcus Licinius Crassus was one of the wealthiest men in history. He was a Roman general, politician, and crime boss who was estimated to be worth $20 billion at the time of his death in 52 BCE.

He was a notorious swindler and was known for his role in crushing the infamous slave revolt led by Spartacus. But when Crassus was captured by the Parthians during a battle, he met a shocking - yet perhaps fitting - demise.

Crassus was forced to drink a goblet of molten gold, and his beheaded cranium was reportedly later used as a prop in Euripides's play The Bacchae. But his was only one of many crazy deaths in ancient times. According to this video, it seems many ancient peoples' most creative pursuits were put to use inventing new ways to die.