Crucifixion – The Physiology of Death on the Cross.
Crucifixion was the ultimate method of capitol punishment in the Roman Empire, reserved for the worst offenses against the state, reserved for slaves, foreigners, revolutionaries, and vile criminals. The only time a Roman citizen was ever crucified was for desertion from the army.
Crucifixion was intended to be a public death, a warning, carried out so as to cause the most humiliation, and the most extreme amounts of pain.
In an article entitled “The facts of crucifixion” published at The Catholic Education Resource Centre, Robert Gidley examines the Crucifixion of Our Lord, with a mind to explain just how horrible a death crucifixion was.