Great paper, I read the tiny bit of the Satyricon which still exist and don’t recall this story. Maybe, one day I’ll get back to it.
Just wanted to specify that the denial of burial may have really been the hardest part.
What I mean is, we, modern people, tend to get shocked by the suffering. Yet we have to remember, for the longest of times those customs of showing executions and leaving the body of the condamnés behind will continue.
During the Middle-Ages, common criminal coul be hanged either by the neck or in cages and left there to rot. Read this essay which stated there once was a band of student in Paris who got in a fight with the local guard.
One policeman got killed, so the procure of Paris decided he had enough and sentenced the poorest of the student to death. The other folks were of noble ascent, he was a common a bastard.
Thing is, neither the procure nor the state had my right over student’s life. Being cleric they had to be judged by the church’s law (which was useful since the church didn’t condemn to death). Angered student got on strike, they left the university and Paris.
Can’t remember if it was 4 or ten years latter, but when the students for back, troubles hadn’t settled, they wanted their accomplice buried. It had been an unlawful execution and his body should have been buried and not exposed in front of Notre Dame.
Thanks to a bunch of riots, the procuror had to take the body (which was still there! In what state we can only imagine.) down and give him a kid as a sign of peace before the audience of the University of Paris.
While the whole affair is instance, I think it also proves us how much people had to live while witnessing death.
Nowadays we put old folks in retirement home or sanatorium not to see the effect of getting older. People die get covered by. Piece of cloth and you’ll only see their remaining you want to witness “la mise-en-biere". We aren’t accustomed anymore to seeing dead bodies but at the time, people were.
They buried their relatives with their own hands, they’d witness remnants of executions solely by going on with their life.
I think it’s safe to say it wasn’t the torture that made their skin crawl, it was the denial of a burial. What’s interesting is, this we can list understand from victims of major accidents to Bin Laden, we can fill up an entire litany of people trying to give people they deem important the proper respect thy should have in death.
But yet again, IDK.