There have been few methods of execution more torturous or more excruciatingly painful than crucifixion - and the Romans mastered it.
By design death on a cross was not quick. No vital organs were damaged so it was a slow agonizing demise. Soldiers would first whip the victim with a scourge and then force him to carry his own crossbeam to the execution site. Once suspended on a cross the hours in a strained position took its toll on the individual&39;s body causing difficulty in breathing - and often suffocation. Some victims died of heart failure. And sometimes a person would hang alive for days finally succumbing to death as a welcomed relief.