Sure, you’ve heard of tarot cards, talking boards, and the I Ching—but that’s just scratching the surface of the many, many ways humans have tried to predict the future throughout history. When it comes to divination—the art of seeking knowledge by supernatural means— there’s a wide range of genuinely wild methods on the books, dating back as far as antiquity and often continuing all the up through the present.
Tortue tactics of the past were even more extreme than today’s waterboarding. Most medieval torture ended in death, whether the person being tortured confessed or not. Often, the person bled to death or was left until they starved.
Asking someone to explain what Ancient Rome was is sort of like asking, “what’s a dog?” It’s just…it’s a dog, yeah? We’re all so familiar with the concept that the answer is too obvious to articulate. But what do we really know?