Masada: From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth

by Jodi Magness,
The Jerusalem Post, June 7, 2019

In 73 CE, at a mountain-top fortress in Masada, Flavius Josephus claimed two years later, 967 men, women, and children killed each other and themselves. The last holdouts in a revolt against Rome (which had ended officially in 70 CE, with the siege, sacking and ransacking of Jerusalem and the Second Temple), they committed mass suicide as a “free choice of a noble death” over slavery to the Romans.

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