This is a bizarre Roman era incident in the world that will shock you! The Memmelocke Statue at Botermarkt 17 in Ghent, Belgium is a classical sculpture on the top of a building which was once the entrance to the city prison. It is also the warden’s house. In the crypt of the Lakenhelle, the city jail was housed for almost 150 years from 1742 to 1902.
This historic statue on the building depicts a scene from a Roman legend that tells how a prisoner was condemned to death by starvation and thirst. This prisoned man was kicked into a dungeon by the Roman prefect in Ghent. He was only allowed to meet his daughter in the jail. However, his daughter was not allowed to take any food or drink to feed her father. His daughter was an adult. The father remained alive still after six months. And this shocked everyone!
The reason he was alive was his daughter breastfed him daily with her milk in order to save his life. This incident made the prefect melt in emotions and he decided to release the man. The story became a legend. Hence, this statue was built in 1741, an year before the city prison was shifted here. This historic statue was designed by David’t KIndt.
The interesting part is, there are many similar legendary stories. Roman charity is the story of a woman Pero who secretly breastfeeds her father Cimon after he is incarcerated and sentenced to death by starvation. This story is recorded in Nine Books of Memorable Acts and Sayings of the Ancient Romans.