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Oddest Ways to Die: Ancient Times I

Not every one has a peaceful death in their sleep or even meets the afterlife under what is considered as “normal circumstances.” Some people have the misfortune of going down in history as dying in a rather peculiar or unusual manner. In this article, you will learn about some of the oddest ways to die that reportedly took place during ancient times.

Draco , Death by Clothing

During ancient Greek times in Athens, Draco became known as the first legislator during 7th century BC. Before he came up with the plan to follow a written code enforced only by a court, the ancient Greeks used a system of oral law and blood feuds. However, the code was rather harsh and as a result, became known as ‘draconian’. Some believe that this may even have a link to snakes , a creature that the ancient Greeks worshipped. Draco was an infamous lawmaker, but the circumstances of his death is also something of a legend. As he stood at a theatre at Aegina, his beloved citizens tossed gifts of cloaks upon Draco, which in turn, smothered him to death.

Milo of Croton , Death by Tree and Wolves

Milo of Croton lived during the 6th century BC and made a name for himself as a legendary Greek wrestler. Legend has it that one day, the wrestler walked up on a tree trunk that was split with wedges. Milo wished to test out his strength and attempted to split it with his bare hands. Instead, the wedges fell and his hands became trapped in the tree. When a pack of wolves found the wrestler, he was unable to defend against the attack that led to his death. Milo was eaten alive.

Milo came from the city of Croton, which is found in the southern part of Italy. He participated in the festivals during ancient Greek days that displayed the best athletes of his time. Milo had many wrestling victories under his belt.

The wrestler was also linked to Pythagoras , the famous philosopher and mathematician. There is one tale that states Milo saved the life of Pythagoras, as a roof was about to collapse on his head. Another story tells of the marriage of the wrestler to Pythagoras’ daughter Myia. During ancient Greek times, it wasn’t uncommon for the stories surrounding triumphant athletes to include sub-human details of strength and power. Because of this, Milo has been described as being strong enough to burst a band on his brow just by inflating the veins of his temples, as well as carrying a bull over his shoulders.

The date of his death is unknown, but the legend of his demise has survived the test of time.