Masada and its secrets

Masada is a stronghold (which is a translation of the Hebrew) or rock fortress on an isolated high hill surrounded by precipitous cliffs and therefore nearly impregnable, situated at the E Judean desert close to the Dead Sea, some 16.5 km (10 mi.) S of Engedi, on the western shore of the Dead Sea, across […]

Josephus, Masada heroes and ancient Jewish rebels

After the fall of Jerusalem Emperor Titus returned to Rome and received a triumphant welcome. At the same time, the Romans began to restore order in Judaea by putting down any final resistance and regaining control of the last few strongholds held by Zealots. The last and longest of these final encounters was the Siege […]

H̱orvot Meẕada

Masada, Hebrew H̱orvot Meẕada (“Ruins of Masada”), ancient mountaintop fortress (‬ metsada, “fortress”) in southeastern Israel, site of the Jews’ last stand against the Romans after the fall of Jerusalem in 70 ce. Masada occupies the entire top of an isolated mesa near the southwest coast of the Dead Sea. The rhomboid-shaped mountain towers 1,424 […]