Playing the role of royal pimps, Ahasuerus' ministers assemble all the beautiful young virgins in the empire, placing them under the care of the emperor's top eunuch. This passage includes a fabulous line, one that reminds us just how little has changed in 2,500 years. The ministers instruct the eunuch to treat the girls right. "Let them be provided with their cosmetics." When the virgins arrive at the harem, they don't go immediately to Ahasuerus' bed. Rather, they prepare for an entire year! "Six months with oil of myrrh and six months with perfumes and women's cosmetics."
It's the first Miss Universe pageant, complete with a tiara as the prize! (Plus one sleazy Persian monarch.) And your new Miss Universe, 483 B.C., is … Miss Shushan, Esther Cohen!
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