The history of tattoos goes back millennia, but not always they were used only for aesthetic purposes. Since ancient times, many examples of forced tattooing are known. They were a symbol of the restriction of human freedom.
Tattoos in the Byzantine Empire. Byzantium attitude to tattoos, as punishment, inherited from Greece and Rome. In 793 AD under the reign of Emperor Constantine VI in the province of Armeniak an uprising occurred. The insurgency was suppressed, its instigators were killed, and the rest of the participants were punished with fines and confiscation of property. In addition, 1,000 people were tattooed with the phrase "Traitor from Armeniak".