For some reason, this post got almost 200 hits a few weeks back. Not sure why.
Phalaris commanded that the bull be designed in such a way that its smoke rose in spicy clouds of incense. The head of the bull was designed with a complex system of tubes and stops so that the prisoner’s screams were converted into sounds like the bellowing of an infuriated bull. According to legend, when the bull was reopened, the victim’s scorched bones “shone like jewels and were made into bracelets.”
Kinda reminds me of another bull…