Caligula and his soldiers fight the water

Roman Emperor Caligula is famous in history for being downright crazy. One of his lesser known feats was that he once marched his army to the beach and declared war on Neptune, the Roman god of the sea. After fighting the water for some time, Caligula claimed victory and told his men to collect seashells as spoils of war. A …

30000 dead hooligans

In Constantinople of 532 AD chariot races were the most important form of entertainment. There were 2 major teams which called themselves Blue or Green and it was not uncommon for the supporters to kill each other.

Sacked!

Poena cullei was the extremely creative, yet brutal way of punishing people who committed parricid (i.e. killed their mother, father or both). The main idea was to throw the murderer into a sack with live animal (for example a snake, tiger and monkey) and throw them into a river. Naturally, the wild animals would panic and use their fangs, claws, …

Trajan’s Market: At the mall. 2000 years ago.

Trajan’s market is the World’s first known place, which could be compared to a modern day shopping mall. It is still standing in Rome, right besides the Coliseum. In its prime it used to host around 150 shops over several floors. Shopkeepers would display the merchandise from the store front. Customers were not able to walk into the store. Today, …