Teller of Tales
I guess suicide hadn't been invented yet.
Thanks, Old Slave. And in fact I think I first thought of this idea because I read something in an old Roman text about gallows humor among the slaves, talking about how they'd all end up on crosses. Of course I took it and ran with it - I'm not suggesting real Roman society was the way I described, but there's at least some grain of historicity there. "Inspired by true events..."I see nothing wrong with your concepts.
A society where normal is different to ours is good storytelling, as far as I'm concerned.
Post more of these little scenes, there is an audience.
True. In my imagination, there's a societal expectation that transcends rationality, and there's a weird, irrational barrier that makes crucifixion victims feel like if they struggle, they're making a scene, and they're better off just doing what's expected of them. They know they won't get far, they're defeated mentally, and the embarrassment of struggling or resisting without success doesn't seem like a good option. Obviously that would never be everybody, and it's not rational. But in my experience, most people are less rational than they would like to think.It wasn't my intent to be critical of your scenario, Juan, but it's a question that often comes into my head when I read a story about crucifixion (which I do every now and then). It is said that it was among the most terrible ways to die, which seems like a statement I won't argue with strenuously. So, then, what would someone sentenced to die by crucifixion have had to lose by any act of resistance, whether it's fighting back, refusing to march to the site and having them beat you to death on the spot, suicide, or what have you? What could they do to you that was worse than what they were already going to do to you? Perhaps some (proto CF members) were looking at it as an erotic experience, though I suspect they were a minority. The most famous crucifixee was supposedly making a sacrifice in the name of God, but that was an even smaller minority. So, for most, resistance or suicide would have born no costs and possibly have had a pay off in a temporary escape or a quick less painful death.
Interesting - I always considered that crucifixion actually had little deterrent value.Every slave in the house of Gaius Septimus knew that he or she would die on a cross, naked, and writhing in agony.
But in my experience, most people are less rational than they would like to think.
Not exactly, but it is a little bit complicated!Interesting - I always considered that crucifixion actually had little deterrent value.
And here it is presented with no deterrent value whatsoever - fantastic!