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