Brass Bulls

Season 3 3:15

An ancient Greek inventor is forced to experience his own invention: a hollow brass bull that cooks its victims alive and creates a “teapot” effect from the boiling body.

THIS IS A STORYABOUT A KING.

AND A PEASANT.

IN 560 B.C., PHALARISRULED OVER THE GREEK EMPIRE.

PERILAUS WAS ASIMPLE BRONZE WORKER.

THE KING LIVED LIKE...

A KING.

PERILAUS WANTED SOMEOF THE GOOD LIFE TOO.

SO HE PRAYEDTO THE GODS.

- [speaking Greek]

announcer:AND ZEUS ANSWERED.

[thunder claps]

- [yelling in Greek]

announcer: PHALARIS WAS ALWAYSLOOKING FOR NEW AND CRUELER WAYS

TO TORTURE AND KILLHIS ENEMIES.

PERILAUS HAD THE ANSWER.

A BRONZE BULL,IN WHICH AN ENEMY

COULD BE PLACED INSIDE,HEATED UP, AND COOKED.

- [laughing]

announcer: STEAM FROM THEVICTIM'S BODILY FLUIDS

WOULD MAKE THE BULLWHISTLE...LIKE A TEAPOT.

[steam whistling

- THE BRAZEN BULLWAS A LARGE BULL,

1 1/2 TIMESTHE SIZE OF A COMMON COW.

AND IT WAS MADE BASICALLYTO PRESSURE COOK SOMEONE.

VICTIMS WOULD BE PLACEDINTO THE BELLY OF THE BULL,

ANDLOCKED INSIDE.

THEN A FIRE WOULD BEBUILT UNDER THE BULL.

ESSENTIALLY COOKING THEVICTIM ALIVE INSIDE OF IT.

AND IT WAS A HORRIBLE, SLOW,TEDIOUS DEATH INSIDE THIS THING.

announcer:AFTER LABORING LONG AND HARD,

PERILAUS WAS READY TOSHOW OFF HIS INVENTION.

[cheers and applause]

announcer:IF HE SOLD THE KING ON HIS BULL,

THE GOOD LIFE WOULDBE HIS TO ENJOY.

- LOOK AT THIS!

- [laughing]

announcer: BUT PHALARIS WASNOTORIOUSLY UNPREDICTABLE.

WHEN IT CAME TIME TO TEST DRIVETHE GIANT PRESSURE-COOKER,

THE KING DIDN'T LOOK TOO FARFOR ITS FIRST VICTIM.

- GUARDS, SEIZE HIM!- NO!

NO, COME ON!PLEASE, NO!

NO, NO!

[crying]

announcer: BURNING COALSPUT THE PEDAL TO THE KETTLE.

- [screaming]

announcer:AND SLOWLY BROUGHT

THE TEMPERATURE INSIDE TOA TOGA-ROASTING 900 DEGREES.

- [screaming]

announcer:AT 150 DEGREES,

PERILAUS COULDBARELY BREATHE.

AS THE TEMPERATUREROSE ABOVE 200 DEGREES,

HIS ENTIRE BODY,WHICH IS MADE UP OF 70% WATER,

STARTED TO BOIL.

[steam whistling]

announcer: FINALLY...

- [laughing]

announcer:HIS DEATH KNELL CAME

IN THE FORM OF AHIGH-PITCHED WHISTLE.

- THIS MAN DIEDAT AROUND 150 DEGREES.

INSIDE THE BULL.

THE AIR GOT SO HOTTHAT HE COULDN'T BREATHE.

IT WAS ACTUALLYBURNING HIS LUNGS.

SECOND, MOST OF USARE MADE UP OF WATER.

HIS BLOOD IS BOILING.

HE'S GONNA EXPLODEALL OVER THE INSIDE

OF THATBRAZEN BULL.

announcer: PERILAUSWANTED MORE OUT OF LIFE.

- [speaking Greek]

announcer:HE TRIED TO IMPRESS THE KING.

- NO!

announcer:AND WOUND UP...

COOKING HISOWN GOOSE.

[steam whistling]

announcer:AND THAT'S NO BULL.

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