A production of the History Channel's prestigious
Time Machine series.
Masada – a mountain fortress and symbol of
Set deep in the Judean Desert, it was here at
Masada, 2,000 years ago, that the survivors of the
Jewish Revolt gathered after the destruction of
Jerusalem's Temple for a desperate last stand
against the Roman Empire.
The Jewish rebels chose the 'impregnable'
mountaintop palaces of Herod the Great as their
refuge. But in 73 A.D. they watched as the mighty
legions camped beneath them. Slowly the Romans
built fierce siege engines and constructed huge
rampart that eventually bought them to the
barricaded gates of the zealots' retreat.
Having defied the forces of the mightiest army on
earth for three years, in the end the zealots chose
death by their own hands -- rather than face Roman
slaughter or slavery.
For centuries this saga lay forgotten. Today, it is a
symbol of Israel's struggle for freedom. This film
travels back to the zenith of the Roman Empire to
vividly bring Masada's story to life.
Visit the zealots stronghold and Herod's magnificent
See the Roman base camp and 'walk' the fateful
ramp that brought Rome to the rebels' doorstep.
Hear their leader's words as he exhorted his
followers to mass suicide rather that risk falling into
And witness the debate that still rings around them
till this day as you explore the legendary story --
and complex legacy -- of MASADA.
Approximate length - 60 minutes.
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