from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Roman antiquity, a scourge. See flagellum.
  • n. In zoology, a part of the jaw-feet of some crustaceans.


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  • The Romans used a whip called a flagrum, which consisted of small pieces of bone and metal attached to a number of leather strands. - Business News

  • A Roman flagrum, a leather whip consisting of three thongs, each ending with two lead balls designed to tear flesh, was the weapon of choice for inflicting scourgings.

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  • Typically, the Romans used a handheld whip, or flagrum, a short handle with two or three leather thongs attached.

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  • No matter which way Bartholomew twisted, front or back, he suffered the continued blows of the flagrum, the lead weights tearing his skin away.

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  • He cringed as the metal dumbbell ripped into his skin, then tore away tissue as the centurion forcefully pulled the flagrum away.

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  • The soldiers competed for the privilege of beating their bound victim, pushing one another aside as they lined up to be the next man wielding the flagrum.

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  • Each flagrum consisted of three leather straps with lethal-looking, dumbbell-shaped lead weights attached to the ends.

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  • The flagrum would allow two lictors to alternate lashes across the back and buttocks and thighs, and avoid an accidental “death blow” to a major artery of vital organ. (an interesting note, is that the flagrum was normally used as an instrument of “torture” by the Roman military to extract information from a suspect, bet you guys would feel right at home with one of those).

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  • The flagrum (Latin: "whip"; or excoriare: "flay", i.e. "scourge") was an ancient Roman implement used in the punishment of offenders, and usually prior to the carrying out of the death penalty.

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  • So hideous was the use of a flagrum as a form of punishment that the victim usually fainted and sometimes died before the actual execution could be carried out; the ancient historian

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