Jesus of Nazareth was put to death on a cross outside the city walls of ancient Jerusalem. Crucifixion was a Roman form of execution used chiefly for slaves. It was a degrading way to die and was never used for Roman citizens. Cicero, the great defender of classical culture and civilization, regarded this form of execution as barbaric.
–Peter Toon, The Anglican Way: Evangelical and Catholic (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2010), 6.