Historians have been researching the most extreme forms of torture that took place in the ancient world as a means to keep the population obedient.
And the punishment: “sitting in the tub” saw the guilty person placed in a wooden tub with only their head sticking out. The executioner would then paint the victim’s face with milk and honey. Flies would begin to swarm around the victim’s nose and eyelids. The victim was also fed regularly and fairly soon, they would virtually be swimming in their own excrement.
At which stage maggots and worms would devour their body. One victim apparently survived for 17 days — he decayed alive.