Nothing on the level of crucifixion
For example, if we look at the deaths of the demigods in the Greek, Roman, and Egyptian pantheons, we find barbarism sure, but not on the level of crucifixion: Attis and Adonis were gored to death by a wild boar, Osiris was shredded to death by Titans, and even the great Hercules self-immolated on Mount Oeta. But the difference is that in these cases, their deaths were less concerning than a death by crucifixion. Why? Well, let me show you. Fair warning: If you have a weak constitution for gore, best to stop reading now….
Not for the squeemish
Crucifixion begins not with the victim, but rather with the executioner. The reason that this is so is because if an executioner is given complete sovereignty over the initial death blows of the victim, the punishment may be doled out with as high a level of caprice and sadism as possible in that moment. For this reason, the possibilities for the authoring of physiological pain are endless. Take for example, Josephus’ account detailing just how creative executioners can be in this,
“When they were being taken (by the Romans), they were forced to defend themselves, and after they had fought they thought it too late to make any supplications for mercy: so they were first whipped, and then tormented with all sorts of tortures, before they died and were then crucified before the wall of the city. Titus felt pity for them, but as their number-given as up to 500 a day- was too great for him to risk either letting them go or putting them under guard, he allowed his soldiers to have their way, especially as he hoped that the gruesome sight of the countless crosses might move the besieged to surrender: ‘So the soldiers, out of the rage and hatred they bore the prisoners, nailed those they caught, in different postures, to the cross