Salome dances for Herod Antipas in a painting by Benozzo Gozzoli

Salome dances for Herod Antipas in a painting by Benozzo Gozzoli

That to celebrate birthday is an ancient tradition that is lost in the mists of time.

In Bible it tells of two such parties, one in honor of the Pharaoh, the other Erode Antipa.

E’ in the latter it is the famous sensual dance Salome, after which the wicked woman, on the urging of his mother Herodias, He asks uncle – stepfather, who he had promised the gift of whatever she desired, the head of the preacher John the Baptist, for some time prisoner of the Judean kings.

A birthday was celebrated for the grim and unjust final (Photo gives: eudemonico.altervista.org).