Vashti

Synonyms:
Vashti, vash-TEE, וַשְׁתִּי
Vashti (Wikipedia)
Vashti
Queen of Persia
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Vashti Refuses the King's Summons by Edwin Long
Queen of Persia
Reignuntil c. 479 BC
PredecessorAmestris
SpouseKing Xerxes I of Persia
HousePersia
FatherBelshazzar
ReligionZoroastrianism

Vashti (Hebrew: וַשְׁתִּי‬, Vashti, Koine Greek: Αστιν Astin) was Queen of Persia and the first wife of Persian King Ahasuerus in the Book of Esther, a book included in the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) and read on the Jewish holiday of Purim. She was banished for her refusal to appear at the king's banquet to show her beauty as the king wished, and Esther was chosen to succeed her as queen. In the Midrash, Vashti is described as wicked and vain. She is viewed as an independent-minded heroine in feminist interpretations of the Purim story.

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