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Crucifixion is a method of capital punishment in which the victim is tied or nailed to a large wooden beam and left to hang for several days until eventual death from exhaustion and asphyxiation. The crucifixion of Jesus is a central narrative in Christianityand the cross sometimes depicting Jesus nailed onto it is the main religious symbol for many Christian churches. Ancient Greek has two verbs for crucify: In earlier pre-Roman Greek texts anastauro usually means “impale”.

The English term cross derives from the Latin word crux.

Crucifixion Of Jesus Christ

The term later came to refer crucofiction to a cross. The English term crucifix derives from the Latin crucifixus or cruci fixuspast participle passive of crucifigere or cruci figeremeaning “to crucify” or “to fasten to a cross”.

Crucifixion was most often performed to dissuade its witnesses from perpetrating similar usually particularly heinous crimes. Victims were sometimes left on display after death as a warning to any other potential criminals. Crucifixion was usually intended to provide a death that was particularly slow, painful hence the term excruciatingliterally “out of crucifying”gruesome, humiliating, and public, using whatever means were most expedient for that goal.

Crucifixion methods varied considerably with location and time period. The Greek and Latin words corresponding to “crucifixion” applied to many different forms of painful execution, including being impaled on a stakeor affixed to a tree, upright pole a crux simplexor most famous now to a combination of an upright in Latin, stipes and a crossbeam in Latin, patibulum. Seneca the Younger wrote: In some cases, the condemned was forced to carry the crossbeam to the place of execution.

The person executed may have been attached to the cross by rope, though nails and other sharp materials are mentioned in a passage by the Judean historian Josephuswhere he states that at the Siege of Jerusalem 70″the soldiers out of rage and hatred, nailed those they caught, one after one way, and another after another, to the crosses, by way of jest”.

While a crucifixion was an execution, it was also a humiliation, by making the condemned as vulnerable as possible. Although artists have traditionally depicted the figure on a cross with a loin cloth or a covering of the genitals, the person being crucified was usually stripped naked. Writings by Seneca the Younger state some victims suffered a stick forced upwards through their groin.

Cicerofor example, described crucifixion as “a most cruel and disgusting punishment”, [23] and suggested that “the very mention of the cross should be far removed not only from a Roman citizen’s body, but from his mind, his eyes, his ears”.

What shall I say of crucifying him? So guilty an action cannot by any possibility be adequately expressed by any name bad enough for it. Frequently, the legs of the person executed were broken or shattered with an iron club, an act called crurifragiumwhich was also frequently applied without crucifixion to slaves. The gibbet on which crucifixion was carried out could be of many shapes.

Josephus describes several tortures and positions of crucifixion during the Siege of Crucifixikn as Titus crucified the rebels; [1] and Seneca the Younger recounts: At times the gibbet was only one vertical stake, called in Latin crux cruicfiction.

Frequently, however, there was a cross-piece attached either crucifction the top to crucufixion the shape of a T crux commissa or just below the top, as in the form most familiar in Christian symbolism crux immissa. It is a graffito found in a taberna hostel for wayfarers in Puteoli, dating to the time of Trajan or Hadrian late 1st century to early 2nd century AD.

Some 2nd-century writers took it for granted that a crucified person’s arms would be stretched out, not connected to a single stake: Lucian speaks of Prometheus as crucified “above the ravine with his hands outstretched” and explains that the letter T the Greek letter tau was looked upon as an unlucky letter or sign similar to cruciffiction way the number thirteen is looked upon today as an unlucky numbersaying that the letter got its “evil significance” because of the “evil instrument” which had that shape, an instrument on which tyrants crucified people.

Other forms were in the shape of the letters X and Y. The New Testament writings about the crucifixion of Jesus do not speak specifically about the shape of that cross, but the early writings that do speak of its shape, from about the year AD on, describe it as shaped like the letter T the Greek letter tau [31] or as composed of an upright and a transverse beam, sometimes with a small projection in the upright.


In popular depictions of the crucifixion of Jesus possibly because in translations of John A possibility that does not require tying is that the nails were inserted just above the wrist, between the two bones of the forearm the radius and the ulna.

The Crucifixion[37] showed that nailed feet provided enough support for the body, and that the hands could have been merely tied. Nailing the feet to the side of the cross relieves strain on the wrists cruclfiction placing most of the weight on the lower body.

Another possibility, suggested by Frederick Zugibeis that the nails may have been driven in at an angle, entering in the palm in the crease that delineates the bulky crucifictkon at the base of the thumb, and exiting in the wrist, passing through the carpal crucifkxion.

A foot-rest suppedaneum attached to the cross, perhaps for the purpose of taking the person’s weight off the wrists, is sometimes included in representations of the crucifixion of Jesus, but is not discussed in ancient sources.

Some scholars interpret the Alexamenos graffitothe earliest surviving depiction of the Crucifixion, as including such a foot-rest. Inarchaeologists discovered at Giv’at ha-Mivtar in northeast Jerusalem the remains of one Jehohananwho had been crucified in the 1st century. The remains included a heel bone with a nail driven through it from the side.

The tip of the nail was bent, perhaps because of striking a knot in the upright beam, which prevented it being extracted from the foot. A first inaccurate crucififtion of the length of the nail led some to believe that it had been driven through both heels, suggesting that the man had been placed in a sort of sidesaddle position, but the true length of the nail, The length of time required to reach death could range from hours to days depending on method, the victim’s health, and the environment.

A literature review by Maslen and Mitchell [44] identified scholarly support for several possible causes of death: A theory attributed to Pierre Barbet holds that, when the whole body cruciifixion was supported by the stretched arms, the typical cause of death was asphyxiation. The condemned would therefore have to draw himself up by the arms, leading to exhaustionor have his feet supported by tying or by a wood block.

When no longer able to lift himself, the condemned would die cducifiction a few minutes. Some scholars, including Frederick Zugibeposit other causes of death. The test subjects had no difficulty breathing during experiments, but did suffer rapidly increasing pain, [55] [56] which is consistent with the Roman use of crucifixion to achieve a prolonged, agonizing death.

However, Zugibe’s positioning of the test subjects’ feet is not supported by any archaeological or historical evidence.

Since death does not follow immediately on crucifixion, survival after a short period of crucifixion is possible, as in the case of those who choose each year as a devotional practice to be non-lethally crucified. There is an ancient record of one person who survived a crucifixion that was intended to be lethal, but that was interrupted.

I was very sorry at this in my mind, and went with tears in my eyes to Titusand crucificton him of them; so he immediately commanded them to be taken down, and to have the greatest care taken of them, in order to their recovery; yet two of them died under the physician’s hands, while the third recovered. Although the ancient Jewish historian Josephus, as well as other sources, [ which? This was discovered at Givat HaMivtarJerusalem in The remains were found accidentally cruxifiction an ossuary with the crucified man’s name on it, ‘ Jehohananthe son of Hagakol’.

The position of the nail relative to the bone indicates that the feet had been nailed to the cross from their side, not from their front; various opinions have been proposed as to whether they were both nailed together to the front of the cross or one on the left side, one on the right side. The point of the nail had olive wood fragments on it indicating that he was crucified on a cross made of olive wood or on an olive tree.

Additionally, a piece of acacia wood was located between the bones and the head of the nail, presumably to keep the condemned from freeing his foot by sliding it over the nail. His legs were found broken, possibly to hasten his death. It is thought that because in Roman times iron was rare, the nails were removed from crhcifiction dead body to conserve costs.

According to Haas, this could help to explain why only one nail has been found, as the tip of the nail in question was bent in such a way that it could not be removed. Haas had also identified a scratch on the inner surface of the right radius bone of the forearm, close to the wrist. He deduced from the form of the scratch, as well as from the intact wrist bones, that a nail had been driven into the forearm at that position. However, many of Haas’ findings have been challenged.


For instance, it was subsequently determined that the scratches in the wrist area were non-traumatic — and, therefore, not evidence of crucifixion — while reexamination of the heel bone revealed that the two heels were not nailed together, but rather separately to either side of the upright post of the cross. Crucifixion or impalementin one form or another, was used by PersiansCarthaginiansand Macedonians.

The Greeks were generally opposed to performing crucifixions. This barbarity, unusual on the part of Greeks, may be explained by the enormity of the rcucifiction or by Athenian deference to local feeling.

Some Christian theologiansbeginning with Paul of Tarsus writing in Galatians 3: This reference is to being hanged from a tree, and may be associated with lynching or traditional hanging.

Crucifixion Of Jesus Christ

However, Rabbinic law limited capital punishment to just 4 methods of execution: Investigate and seek and know how Jonah wept. Thus, you shall not destroy the weak by wasting away or by Let not the nail touch him. Alexander the Great is reputed to have crucified 2, survivors from his siege of the Phoenician city of Tyre[70] as well as the doctor who unsuccessfully treated Alexander’s friend Hephaestion.

Crucifixioj historians have also conjectured that Alexander crucified Callistheneshis official historian and biographer, for objecting to Alexander’s adoption of the Persian ceremony of royal adoration. In Carthagecrucifixion was an established mode of execution, which could even be imposed on generals for suffering a major defeat. The oldest crucifixion may be a post-mortem one mentioned by Herodotus. Polycratesthe tyrant of Samoswas put to death in B.

The hypothesis that the Ancient Roman custom of crucifixion may have developed out of a primitive custom of arbori suspendere —hanging on an arbor crucifixio “inauspicious tree” dedicated to the gods of the nether world—is rejected by William A.

Oldfather, who shows that this form of execution the supplicium more maiorumpunishment in accordance with the custom of our ancestors consisted of suspending someone from a tree, not dedicated to any particular gods, and flogging him to death.

Crassus crucified 6, of Spartacus’ followers hunted down and captured after his defeat in battle. He also says that the Roman soldiers would amuse themselves by crucifying criminals in different positions. Constantine the Greatthe first Christian emperorabolished crucifixion in the Roman Empire in out of veneration for Jesus Christits most famous victim. Crucifixion was intended to be a gruesome spectacle: It was originally reserved for slaves hence still called “supplicium servile” by Senecaand later extended to citizens of the lower classes humiliores.

According to Roman law, if a slave killed his or her master, all of the master’s slaves would be crucified as punishment. One of the only specific female crucifixions we have documented is that of Ida, a freedwoman former slave who was crucified by order of Tiberius. Crucifixion was typically carried out by specialized teams, consisting of a commanding centurion and his soldiers.

The convict then usually had to carry the horizontal beam patibulum in Latin to the place of execution, but not necessarily the whole cross. During the death march, the prisoner, probably [95] still nude after the scourging, [94] would be led through the most crowded streets [86] bearing a titulus — a sign board proclaiming the prisoner’s name and crime. There may have been considerable variation in the position in which prisoners were nailed to their crosses and how their bodies were supported while they died.

Justin Martyr calls the seat a cornuor “horn,” [97] leading some scholars to believe it may have had a pointed shape designed to torment the crucified person. In Roman-style crucifixion, the condemned could take up to a few days to die, but death was sometimes hastened by human action. Islam spread in a region where many societies, including the Persian and Roman empires, had used crucifixion to punish traitors, rebels, robbers and criminal slaves.

The punishment of cruciflction who wage war against Allah and His Crcifiction, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: The corpus of hadith provides contradictory statements about the first use of crucifixion under Islamic rule, attributing it variously to Muhammad himself for murder and robbery of a shepherd or to the second caliph Umar applied to two slaves who murdered their mistress.

Most classical jurists limit the period of crucifixion to three days.

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