It is said that after Marcus Licinius Crassus lost the ‘Battle of Carrhae’ against the Parthians, he was executed by having molten gold poured down his throat as a reference of his thirst for wealth.
There are various versions of Heraclitus' death. Most of them include the theory that he buried himself in cow manure, hoping the manure would cure dropsy from which he was suffering. Neathes of Cyzicus had stated that Heraclitus was eaten by dogs after he had smeared himself with dung.
The brutality of Hypatia's murder sent shockwaves throughout the Eastern Roman Empire. It is said that she was stripped naked by a mob that skinned her alive using oyster shells. It is also said that her eyeballs were gouged out and her body was ripped into pieces.
5. Mithridates: Consumed By Insects
Mithridates was sentenced to death by scaphism. Scaphism is a method of execution wherein the victim is covered with milk and honey, allowing insects and other vermin to devour him or her over a period of time. Mithridates suffered for 17 days before passing away.