Them Crucifyin’ Romans

I’m sure plenty of readers of rogueclassicism saw/heard the comments of a US EPA official in the past week or so … if not, here’s the incipit of some typical coverage:

A top EPA official has apologized for comparing his agency’s enforcement strategy to Roman crucifixion — as Republican Sen. James Inhofe launched an investigation and told Fox News the comments are part of a campaign of “threats” and “intimidation.”

Al Armendariz, the EPA administrator in the Region 6 Dallas office, made the remarks at a local Texas government meeting in 2010. He relayed to the audience what he described as a “crude” analogy he once told his staff about his “philosophy of enforcement.”

“It was kind of like how the Romans used to, you know, conquer villages in the Mediterranean,” he said. “They’d go in to a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw, and they’d crucify them.

“And then, you know, that town was really easy to manage for the next few years,” he said. […]

Last week our old Classics list friend Jan Gabbert asked if I could recall any such incident, and after much poking around, I’ve come up empty. I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say this wasn’t ‘standard practice’, but can anyone think of an example where it may have happened once? Or maybe this happened in some movie or novel?  This seems to me to be Historia Augusta type material, if it is genuine at all …

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