An execution is the judicial version of murder -- that is to say, the deceased was deceased as a result of something bearing a resemblance to a "senetence of a lawful court", as opposed to simply happening because A wanted B dead.
Executions originate in pre-history (which is to say that almost every civilization's remaining records talk of them, in one weay or another), and continue throughout period. Methods varied, from the stoning of the Hebrews and the crucifictions of the Romans in Palestine, to the decpitation of Tudor England and the garotte of Ottoman Turkey
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