For as long as societies have had to deal with crime, they’ve had to deal out punishment. In some, places, and situations the process was only meant to humiliate the guilty, but most of the following examples of ancient punishments are gruesome and often deadly.
3,000 years ago one of the kings of ancient Egypt built a city unlike any other in the world. The Greeks called it Rhinocolura for the strange faces of the people who lived there – none of them had a nose. These men were criminals, and Rhinocolura was their prison.
The city was created as a punishment for thieves. Their noses were cut off of their faces and they were condemned to live in a city on the edge of the desert. They would never again be able to re-enter society.