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by Archaeology Newsroom

How the death penalty was first established in Greece and the cool reception it met with

The conclusion the author came to after looking into the records of the death penalty is that under the rule of governor Capodistrias, the death penalty was rarely enforced and never, even up to the twentieth century met with the approval of the Greek people. The author concentrates on the town of Nauplion. Executions were held on the fortress Palamedi, while the castle of Bourtzi was where the executioners lived. The executioners who were employed were always foreigners. With the enthronement of king Otto the “function” of the executioner came to be established. So was the guillotine. The author of the article presents lively instances of executions as described by the local Argolida press. These articles demonstrate the population’s repugnance at the death penalty. Often executioners were stoned or killed and the guillotine burned to the ground.