Salome Σαλωμη of Judaea (daughter of Herodias) (deceased) MP

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About Salome Σαλωμη of Judaea (daughter of Herodias)

Salome (II) was the daughter of Herodias and her first husband, Herod. It is thus surmised that she must be the young maiden who, according to the New Testament, danced before Herod Antipas on his birthday and won his favor, securing the execution of John the Baptist (Mark 6:21–28; Matthew 14:6–11). In the New Testament, however, she is never named, and some scholarship alerts us to the chronological difficulties inherent in this identification. About Salome, Josephus reports differently. He first relates her marriage to her old great-uncle Philip, and then, after his death, her second marriage to her younger cousin, Aristobulus (Ant. 18:136). This Aristobulus was the son of Herod of Chalcis, Berenice (II)’s second husband, by his first wife. Since this Aristobulus eventually became king of Lesser Armenia (Ant. 20:158), Salome became queen. Her portrait was imprinted on coins minted in her kingdom, and she is thus the only Herodian woman whose image has survived from antiquity.


This is the Salome who is supposed to have danced the dance of the Seven Veils for her stepfather, Herod Antipas; and whose mother, Herodias, asked her to request, as a reward - the head of John the Baptist on a plate. (Because John had been criticizing Herodias' divorce and remarriage to her ex-husband's half brother.)

Salome is the daughter of Herod Phillip Boethus (son of Herod the Great & Mariamne II Boethus) The stepdaughter of Herod Antipas (son of Herod the Great & Malthace, the Samaritan) & the wife of (Herod) Phillip II, the Tertrarch (son of Herod the Great & Cleopatra of Jerusalem)

Her mother is Herodias (Herod the Great's granddaughter through her father; Aristobulus IV; & his great niece, through her mother, Berenice.)

She has no children with Phillip the Tetrarch before he dies; and remarries her uncle, Aristobulus V (another grandchild of Herod the Great)

Please see Discussion looking for sources that locate Zebedee as her husband too. She seems to be being associated with the Salome who stood at the foot of the cross in the Christian bible, who was also, perhaps, the wife of Zebedee. Although I love the idea of the story to be told that takes her from John the Baptist's head to the foot of the cross - a mother of the disciples; and possibly even a disciple herself; we need to at least find some sources to back up the possibility :-) [Sharon]


Wagner, Sir Anthony Richard; ‘Pedigree and Progress: Essays in the Genealogical Interpretation of History’