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Ancient Types of Punishment

In the early ancient Rome, different types of punishments were attached to crimes such as adultery, arson, theft, forgery, false-witness and treason among others. Among the types of punishment during the old days in the ancient Rome history include beheading, beating, hanging, burning, burying alive, retaliation, throwing off a high rock, knotted with bones or heavy pieces of metals, throwing into a river, thrown into a sea, using wild animals such as lions, leopards and panthers, being stripped off your possession before a mass of people and crucifixion. These were the most common form of old punishments in the Roman Empire. The most effective of all is beheading especially for serious crimes like false-witnessing and treason.

I feel this to be the most effective because people will be able to feel the weight of such criminal matters they perpetrate. While it is natural that people fear harsh death, such serious crimes can reduce significantly if harsh death punishments are imposed on such crimes. From a practical point of view, adultery in the religion of Islam is taken to be a serious moral issue and because of the scripture-based punishment of stoning to death, cases of adultery in Muslims countries are rare. Therefore, beheading could be an effective punishment for serious punishment like false-witnessing and adultery.

This form of punishment would be effected today. Even though some harsh punishments may be viewed as uncivilized and out of step way of handling certain criminal issues as articulated in the article by Geltner, (2014), it is also crystal clear that relaxed criminal punishments have seen increased rate of crimes.


Geltner, G. (2014). History of Corporal Punishment. InEncyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice (pp. 2106-2115). Springer New York.