Salome was the daughter of Herodias. She must have been beautiful, because when she danced for Herod and his guests at his birthday party, Herod was so bewitched by her that he promised to give her anything she wanted. At her mother’s instruction, Salome asked for the head of John the Baptist. Herod regretted his decision, but honor forced him to keep his oath, and he sent his executioner to dispatch John the Baptist, whose head was subsequently delivered to Salome on a plate.
|Lucas Cranach the Elder c. 1530 WOW LOOK AT HER CLOTHES!|
|Salome by Henri Regnault c. 1870
I always make sure to see this one at the Met!
|Salome With the Head of Saint John the Baptist c. 1680 by Marinari|
|Salome Dancing c. 1906 by Franz von Stuch|
Judith was a beautiful and resourceful Jewish widow. Her country was under attack from the Assyrians, whose military was led by the general Holofernes. Judith and her loyal maid went to see Holofernes in his army camp, offering her service as a spy (she must have been a powerful and politically-connected woman if she had any knowledge useful enough to interest him). She seduced him and gained his trust, got him drunk, and then cut off his head. Judith brought his head back to her people to inspire them. The Assyrians freaked out and ran back home where they belonged.
Judith did what Eva Braun should have done if she cared about her country.
I love the story of Judith! I wish that her maid had a name, though, because she was brave, too.
|Judith Victorious c. 1530 by Lucas Cranach the Elder
I love this painting! She looks smug and I like her armored gauntlets and her badass coat! She could totally be a domme.
|Judith by Franz von Stuck
Sleep it off, sucker!
|The Return of Judith to Bethulia by Bottecelli|
|Judith with the Head of Holofernes by Peter Paul Rubens|
And here is a picture of a greyhound I like, just because. FYI, it looks like a pencil drawing, but it’s actually painting with very fine brush strokes!
|Greyhound by Druer|
I really want to post this video but I have no idea what to do with it so I’m just going to put it here.
Back when I accepted that I was an alcoholic, I tackled the medical and scientific literature about it. I distinctly remember a study where researchers offered unlimited rum to Rhesus monkeys. Rhesus monkeys were chosen because they have complex social and familial structures.
Anyway, most monkeys tried it and didn’t like it and never drank it again. Some monkeys just had a few.
And some monkeys fell in love and became alcoholic monkeys. They fucked themselves and dropped out of life. Not unlike myself.