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Salome | Characters

Character Description
Salome Salome, Princess of Judea, is willful, seductive, manipulative, and cruel. Read More
Herod Herod Antipas is the obsessive, lecherous, hypocritical tetrarch of Judea. Read More
Iokanaan After spending years in the desert, the prophet Iokanaan is Herod's prisoner whose loud voice claims to speak the word of God. Read More
Herodias Herodias is the proud, adulterous, and jealous queen of Judea. Read More
Cappadocian From a country dominated by the Romans, the Cappadocian is a guest at Herod's palace and believes in multiple gods.
Issachar Issachar is Herod's slave or servant who puts out the torches after the beheading.
Jews Among crowds outside the palace are monotheistic Jews arguing about religious issues: whether angels exist and whether Jesus is the Messiah and son of God, as Iokanaan claims.
Manasseh Manasseh is Herod's slave or servant who puts out the torches after the beheading.
Naaman Naaman is the executioner who beheads Iokanaan.
Nazarenes Arguing with the Jews outside the palace, the Nazarenes, among the earliest Christians, insist Iokanaan has been raised from the dead and has seen the Messiah.
Nubian A guest at the palace, the Nubian says the gods of his religion demand human sacrifice.
Ozias Ozias is Herod's slave or servant who puts out the torches after the beheading.
Page of Herodias The page fears the fate of the young Syrian and tries to protect him from Salome.
Pharisees Outside the palace the monotheistic Pharisees argue with the Jews about the existence of angels; a Pharisee says angels do exist but doesn't believe Iokanaan has seen any.
Sadducees The Sadducees are part of a group outside the palace arguing about points of religion; the Sadducees do not believe angels exist.
Slave Herod's slave is the character sent out to the terrace to ask Salome to return to the feast.
First soldier The first soldier is a palace guard who understands the Jews and likes Iokanaan.
Second soldier A palace guard, the second soldier is afraid of Iokanaan and loyal to Herod.
Young Syrian Head of the palace guards, Narraboth, the young Syrian, is obsessed with Salome and ultimately kills himself.
Tigellinus Tigellinus is the man who explains how the Romans perceive suicide.
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