The weirdest deaths of leaders from ancient history

The quest for immortality has long been an ironically dangerous preoccupation throughout the world, particularly in ancient times. In fact, it claimed the life of China’s very first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, all the way back in 210 BC, according to Live Science. Documents discovered fairly recently have evidence that the emperor died of mercury poisoning, due to the fact that he was taking pills of the harmful element in the belief it would grant him eternal life.

Researchers have made some interesting discoveries, however. Firstly, CT scans performed on the mummy of Ramses III in 2012 revealed multiple grievous injuries, according to Live Science, including a knife wound in the king’s throat suggesting that he was, indeed, murdered.

Soon after his notable conquest of Macedonia, Pyrrhus besieged Sparta and Argos in an attempt to gain more control of Greek territories. History records that, during a fight in the streets of Argos, Pyrrhus’ glorious military adventures ended when he was struck by a roof tile thrown by an old woman, the mother of a soldier he was about to kill.

Valentinian and his armies rampaged throughout much of the Western world in the fourth century AD, eventually finding themselves building fortifications in the lands of the Quadi, tribal groups that lived on the Northern banks of the Danube. The Quadi decided to have a group of envoys sent to an audience with the Roman emperor in an attempt to settle the dispute. The behavior of these envoys in the eyes of Valentinian — they seemingly didn’t acknowledge the supremacy of Rome or the authority of the emperor and his decisions — so enraged him that he suffered a brain hemorrhage, dying instantly in front of his visitors.

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