Salome, Herodias Daughter

Salome was the daughter of Herodias and Philip the tetrach. Salome was only a teen when her mother Herodias left her husband Philip to marry Herod Antipas, the ruler of Galilee and Philip's brother. This infuriated the Jews. John the Baptist had condemned the marriage because under Jewish law, a man could not marry his brother's wife while he lived. Such a marriage was also condemned since Salome had been born of Philip. It landed John in prison.

Herod had a birthday supper and invited all his lords, high captains and rulers of Galilee. Salome dance before Herod and the sensuality pleased Herod and those that were with him. The king said unto her, "Ask of me whatsoever you will and I will give it to you... unto half my kingdom." Asking her mother first, the one who danced for Herod Antipas hurried back to the king and asked for the head of John the Baptist on a platter in revenge for the embarrassment that John had caused.

History loses sight of Herodias' daughter Salome in the court of her second husband Aristobulus. There is a tradition by Nicephorus that she died by passing over a frozen lake, the ice broke and she fell up to the neck in water. Salome's head was parted from her body by the violence of the ice fragments shaken by the water and her own fall. So she perished in the same way as she had killed the man who came in the spirit of Elijah.
[309, Mark 6, Matthew 14]

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