Decapitation is the act of severing a person's head from their body. Many of these victims die instantly but some can still maintain conciousness for a few minutes afterwards. In the Roman Republic, decapition was viewed as a more honorable death than crucifixion was, which Marcus Crassus introduced as punishment for slaves planning to join the Spartacus rebellion that would lead up to the Third Servile War, as well as crucifixion.

In 72 BC, after the Battle of Mount Garganus, Lentulus retrieved Crixus' head, using it to intimidate Spartacus and his army before the Battle of Lentula.

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