Another event held in the Colosseum was the public execution of criminals, traitors, army deserters and rebels. There were several forms of execution:
This form of execution was saved for the worst criminals, as well as Christians. The victims were nailed naked to a cross and left to die.
Roman citizens could not be sentenced to crucifixion. Therefore they were beheaded instead.
Thrown to the beasts
This form of execution was very popular, as people enjoyed watching criminals getting torn to shreds by wild beasts.
Other forms of execution and torture included being burned alive, beaten to death, bound by the feet and dragged around by horses, branded with hot irons, and having your bones and joints broken.