A horribly vengeful way to clean an allegedly soiled lintel, from Kazantzakis’ lively version of Christ’s life.

‘Herod … had smeared forty adolescents with tar and ignited them as torches because they pulled down the golden eagle he had fastened to the previously-unsoiled lintel of the Temple.’

 

Source: Nikos Kazantzakis, The Last Temptation, trans. P.A. Bien (London: Faber and Faber, 1983), p. 41

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