Did Shapur Really Have Emperor Valerian Taxidermied?

by Daniel Russ on May 13, 2014

 

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 Roman Emperor Valerian Used As A Footstool For The Persian King.

 

Lucius Caecilius Firmianus Lactantius was a Christian historian and writer who served Constantine I. Lactanius was also virulently anti-Persian. He was so anti-Perisan that some historians believe his description of the death of the Emperor Valerian at the hands of the Persian King Shapur I was not true. It was certainly salacious. The year was 359 AD.

 

He writes that Shapur made Valerian kneel and act as a foot stool for the Persian leader as he climbed upon his horse. Lactanius also writes that Shapur had Valerian skinned alive and then his remains were taxidermied and put on display.

 

Other Christian historians write that Shapur made Valerian drink molten gold and that is how he killed him.

 

However, historians dispute this account of mistreatment. Some historians write that Shapur put Valerian in relative comfort in the town of Bishapur. Shapur asked Valerian to help find Roman engineers to help him with Persian urban projects.

 

If you think the news today is biased, just remember that history repeats itself.

 

Source: Wikipedia, History of Rome, Edward Gibbons

 

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collin earnest May 16, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Discerning truth in historical accounts is always troublesome. But some stuff you can discount just because of how ridiculous it is. I always run into this issue when trying to read about Nero or Commodus. All the really hated Roman emperors have really biased historical accounts and its hard to find the truth. But you never know, maybe Shapur really was that horrible! lol.

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