Amplification: The Dance

[aras-image:5Fa.258,,9,392,285,Salome dancing before Herod]
  1461 A.D. Early Renaissance. Salome dancing before Herod. Herod is so pleased he offers to give her anything she wishes, even half of his kingdom. She asks for the head of John the Baptist on a platter and he has to keep his promise. John is beheaded and Salome presents the head on a platter to her mother, whom John had angered. There is in this a reminiscence of the frenzied violence around the orgiastic dance of the maenads in Greek myth