Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Your Questions Answered

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Your Questions Answered

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Last week we asked: If someone was condemned to crucifixion, what would have been the cause of death?

The cause of death varied according to type of apparatus used. The type of cross that Jesus was nailed to, suffocation would have finished off the condemned. In order to breathe, the victim had to lift himself up to allow the ribcage to expand; as their strength decreased, they could not undertake the effort, and they would eventually pass out before dying. To make this death mercifully quicker, the victim's legs could be broken to ensure they could not lift themselves up.

Earlier crucifixions were carried out by the Phoenicians. The condemned person was simply tied to a post and left to die of dehydration or starvation.

The Greeks and the Romans modernised the practice, by deeming it the most humiliating sentence possible. It was reserved for slaves and the worst kind of criminal. Perhaps the most famous person to be crucified other than Jesus was the rebel gladiator Spartacus.

Crucifixion was completely outlawed by the Christian Emperor Constantine in the fourth century AD, although the last person recorded to die by such execution was Charles the Righteous, in 1127, in France.

WE also asked if there was a single day of peace in the 20th Century?

The short answer is no. In fact, on every single day of the 20th Century there were at least 200 wars being fought. This shocking statistic comes from the Department of War Studies at the Sandhurst Military Academy. Their definition of war is broad: "The employment of structured violence between two or more entities in pursuit of political aims." The entities is very inclusive, ranging from major countries, to the militia of a local warlord. Political aims is equally wide ranging, from economic and territorial objectives, to merely cultural and ideological aims. …

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