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Marcus Licinius Crassus (115–53BC) was one of the wealthiest men in Rome. He made his fortune by accusing his rivals of treason and then taking their money as a punishment for their ‘crimes’. The future always looked grim for birds… Spartacus led a lot of revolting slaves (slaves who were rebelling, not slaves who didn’t wash) against the Romans who owned them. He died in battle but 6,600 of his followers were crucified in rows lining the Appian Way, a main road that led to Rome. The only rule in Roman wrestling matches was never to poke the eyes of your opponent.
Early Romans used porcupine quills as toothpicks. The largest naval battle of ancient times was the Battle of Salamis in 480BC when 371 Greek ships defeated 1,271 Persian ships. Around 200,000 soldiers and sailors are thought to have fought. 35 The Hideous Classical Period During the siege of Megara, Greece, the Megarians poured oil over a herd of pigs, set fire to them, then drove the pigs towards the war elephants of their enemies. The elephants bolted in terror from the squealing pigs and trampled the enemy soldiers.
In 435BC, the Greek philosopher Anaxagoras was kicked out of Athens for suggesting that the sun was not just a glowing circle of light but a big ball of fire. In ancient Rome, urine was collected from public toilets and used as a clothes dye, a hair product and an ingredient in toothpaste. Those that didn’t die often lost fingers, toes or their sight. Historians still don’t know what the disease was. The ancient Egyptians used trained dogs to catch thieves, runaway slaves and tax evaders. That’s 20 slaves each!
1001 Hideous History Facts: Delve into the depths of our despicable past! by Alex Woolf