Poena cullei was a type of death penalty imposed on Roman subjects who had been found guilty of parricide…

Poena cullei was a type of death penalty imposed on Roman subjects who had been found guilty of parricide (murder of relatives, in particular, the murder of one’s own parents). The punishment consisted of being sewn up in a leather sack along with an assortment of live animals – usually a snake, a cockerel, a monkey and a dog and thrown into a river.

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