Way to Die #348
"My Big Fat Greek Death"
Name of the death is a pun on the movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"
My Big Fat Greek Death
Date 560 BC
Location Athens, Greece
Episode this death
was featured in
"Better Them Than Us"

"My Big Fat Greek Death", Way to Die #348, is the seventh and final death to be featured in "Better Them Than Us", which aired on March 16, 2011.


Perillos of Athens, a metalworker, attempts to impress King Phalaris with the unveiling of a new torture device: the brazen bull, which is meant to roast enemies that are placed inside. To test the device, Phalaris locks Perillos in the device and cooks him to death.

"Perillos wanted more out of life. He tried to impress the king and wound up cooking his own goose...and that's no bull."

Cast and Interviewees

  • Kiri Stevens - Perillos (lead: intended victim)
  • Chris Vent - Archimedes
  • Richard Iacovelli - Himself (Torture Historian)
  • Dr. Boyd Flinders - Himself (Surgeon)


  • This is the 2nd oldest time of death that had occurred, 1st is Caved In
  • The brazen bull was only used in Athens, Greece
  • If Perillos could speak Greek when praying to the gods for an answer, why could he speak English when he wanted out of the bull?
  • In ancient legends, it was Phalaris who got roasted inside the bull, not Perillos.
  • Perillos' real death was after being thrown out of the bull, he was thrown on a hilltop.
  • Phalaris is presented as "King of Athens". He wasn't any king, he was a tyrant.
  • Phalaris was tyrant of Akragas, the actual city of Agrigento, in the region of Sicily, Italy.