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A tunica molesta (Latin for "annoying shirt") was a shirt impregnated with flammable substances such as naphtha, used to execute people by burning in ancient Rome.[1] The Roman emperor Nero executed some Christians in this way, according to Seneca.[2] In his essay, "The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment," C. S. Lewis used the phrase to refer to one of the punishments that some rulers could well foist upon sincerely religious people.


  1. ^ Fiery Finery
  2. ^ History of the Origins of Christianity. Book IV. The Antichrist.

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