Epic Fails of History #5

Or so it is said.
Also, apparently the tortoise survived.

Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historiae, Book X, Chapter 3
David Southwell & Matt Adams, 1001 Ridiculous Ways to Die, Carlton Publishing Group, 2009
J.C. McKeown, A Cabinet of Greek Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from the Cradle of Western Civilization, Oxford University Press, 2013

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