- Oct 2018
State blood-letting of the general population is a somewhat different kettle of fish, and the lack of actual numbers in many cases does make comparisons difficult. There are similar bouts of treason trials during the Julio-Claudian, Flavian and Severan periods that I can think of, but the Roman regimes would be disadvantaged in a comparison with modern totalitarian regimes.In that case what if one were to add to the intra-dynastic blood-letting, the state blood-letting of the populace in general?
I am not up with the Tangs, but working backwards through the Constantinians ... 359 CE: First attested state Inquisition of all Christian history
Ammianus Marcellinus (Book 19,CH 12) - "numbers without end" - (how is this to be quantified?)