To most, prison is a living hell. But in many cases, the conditions were much worse in the distant past. The ancient Romans were known for their brutality on the battlefield, and their treatment of prisoners was no different. Fortunately, for the majority of those imprisoned, confinement was often brief because even the Romans thought life imprisonment was inhumane.
Probable Impossibilities: Physicist Alan Lightman on Beginnings, Endings, and What Makes Life Worth Living
How our cosmic improbability confers dignity and meaning upon our shared existence. “What exists, exists so that it can be lost and become precious,” Lisel Mueller, who lived to nearly 100, wrote in her...