These were men of their time, and their aesthetic interest in the ancient world was throttled by Christian prudery.
To be fair, he told me that he would kill me while he throttled my neck, and once I broke free I tried desperately to fight back.
Even the king of all search engines can be throttled up with a few simple tricks.
"strangle to death," c.1400, probably from Middle English throte "throat" (see throat). Related: Throttled; throttling. The noun, in the mechanical sense, is first recorded 1870s, from throttle-valve (1824), but was used earlier as a synonym for "throat" (1540s); it appears to be an independent formation, not derived from the verb.