Perillos of Athens
- Year of Death: Roughly 550 BCE
- Experiment: Bronze Bull Experiment
- Cause of Death: Roasted To Death
While it is unknown if this is a true story from ancient times, some historians claim it’s true. Others claim it was propaganda. In Ancient Greece, an inventor named Perillos of Athens invented and built a new torture and execution device. He proposed the device to the tyrant ruler of Sicily, Phalaris. It could be used against criminals his land dealt with in theory. The device became known as the “Bull of Phalaris,” “Brazen Bull,” or the “Bronze Bull.” The latter being coined due to the bull being made entirely of bronze.
The device looked just like a bull and once people were inside, any screams that came out were converted into the sound of a bull. A person was locked inside and a fire was set underneath it. That would, in turn, heat the metal until the person was quite literally roasted to death. Truly, an awful way to go. Yet Phalaris was said to like the invention but needed an experiment to show it worked. Thus, he chose the bull’s inventor, Perillos himself, to test it on. The inventor was then killed by his bull.