Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Herod the Great

Remember him? Had all the babies in Bethlehem killed? That was like the least of his cruelness. It is perhaps fitting, then, that Josephus said this about his last days:

"But now Herod's distemper greatly increased upon him after a severe manner, and this by God's judgment upon him for his sins: for a fire glowed in him slowly, which did not so much appear to the touch outwardly as it augmented his pains inwardly; for it brought upon him a vehement appetite to eating, which he could not avoid to supply with one sort of food or other. His entrails were also exulcerated, and the chief violence of his pain lay on his colon; an aqueous and transparent liquor also settled itself about his feet, and a like matter afflicted him at the bottom of his belly. Nay, farther, his privy member was putrified, and produced worms; and when he sat upriht he had a difficulty of breathing, which was very loathesome, on account of the stench of his breath, and the quickness of its returns; he had also convulsions in all parts of his body . . . "

Man, there's nothing like putrid breath and worms in your um . . . privy member. Beyond nasty!

1 comment:

missy said...

sounds like an awesome class.