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Masada : from Jewish revolt to modern myth

Author: Jodi Magness
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Two thousand years ago, 967 Jewish men, women, and children - the last holdouts of the revolt against Rome following the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Second Temple - reportedly took their own lives rather than surrender to the Roman army. This dramatic event, which took place on top of Masada, a barren and windswept mountain overlooking the Dead Sea, spawned a powerful story of Jewish resistance that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jodi Magness
ISBN: 9780691167107 0691167109
OCLC Number: 1059270780
Description: x, 265 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Contents: The fall of Masada --
The siege of Masada --
The search for Masada --
Masada in context --
Masada and Herod's other building proejcts --
Judea before Herod --
From Herod to the first Jewish revolt against Rome --
The first Jewish revolt against Rome --
The rebel occupation of Masada --
"Masada shall not fall again": Yigael Yadin, the mass suicide, and the Masada myth --
Epilogue: a tour of Masada.
Responsibility: Jodi Magness.

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Two thousand years ago, 967 Jewish men, women, and children - the last holdouts of the revolt against Rome following the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Second Temple - reportedly took their own lives rather than surrender to the Roman army. This dramatic event, which took place on top of Masada, a barren and windswept mountain overlooking the Dead Sea, spawned a powerful story of Jewish resistance that came to symbolize the embattled modern State of Israel. The first extensive archaeological excavations of Masada began in the 1960s, and today the site draws visitors from around the world. And yet, because the mass suicide was recorded by only one ancient author - the Jewish historian Josephus - some scholars question if the event ever took place. Jodi Magness, an archaeologist who has excavated at Masada, explains what happened there, how we know it, and how recent developments might change understandings of the story. Incorporating the latest findings, she integrates literary and historical sources to show what life was like for Jews under Roman rule during an era that witnessed the reign of Herod and Jesus's ministry and death. Featuring numerous illustrations, this is an engaging exploration of an ancient story that continues to grip the imagination today.

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"The appealing narrative launches itself in time-honoured fashion in medias res, with an account of the Roman siege that took place three years after the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70."---Claire Read more...

 
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