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Published: March 15th 2011
Yesterday, we went to Masada. It was built in the 1st century B.C.E by the Judean Herod the Great. He was the second son of the Antipater. The Antipater was the chief minister of Judea, which he was appointed as when aiding Julies Caesar in Alexandra. Herod built the second temple in Jerusalem. His son, Herod Archelaus, took over after him. 75 years after Herod’s death the revolt started. There is only one written source about Masada which is Joseph Flavius’s book The Jewish War. In the revolt, the men and woman…of all ages…who could pick up a weapon fought equally.
The Romans laid siege on Masada, surrounding it with a great wall. Thanks to Herod’s amazing store rooms, they were able to last a very long time. The Romans began to become impatient, but they could not just climb up the mountain. They began to build a ramp up. It took months. By the time the Romans reached the top, they found everyone had committed suicide and left food to show they had not died from hunger. Only two women and five children were left…who had hid. They passed on the story.
In 1842 Masada was identified and exuviated
The military comander's quaters
This was where the military comander lived durring the Herod period.
between 1963-1965 it is now seen by Israelis and tourists.
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