Scaphism, also known as the boats, was supposedly an ancient Persian method of execution…

Scaphism, also known as the boats, was supposedly an ancient Persian method of execution designed to inflict torturous death, as described by the Persian’s archenemies, the Greeks. The victim was stripped naked and fastened within the interior space of a rowing boat and force fed milk and honey to the point of developing severe diarrhoea, and more honey would be rubbed on his exposed appendages to attract insects. He would then be left to float on a stagnant pond. The defenceless individual’s faeces accumulated within the container, attracting more insects which would eat and breed within his exposed flesh, which became increasingly gangrenous due to the burrowing insects. The feeding would be repeated each day in some cases to prolong the torture, so that fatal dehydration or starvation did not occur. Death, when it eventually occurred, was probably due to a combination of deyydration, starvation and septic shock.

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