Since the dawn of human civilization, rulers have had to devise punishments for unacceptable behavior. Sincere attempts were occasionally made to ensure that the punishment fit the crime, like the concept of an Eye for an Eye. By contrast, the word “Draconian,” attributed to the ruler Draco of ancient Athens around 621 BC, is synonymous with barbaric, ruthless, cruel and authoritarian punishments. According to Draco, all crimes, no matter how small, were punishable by death. While we have come a long way since ancient Athens, we think you’ll be surprised by our list of 12 Shocking Punishments for Minor Crimes.