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Investigating Ancient History - Case Studies - Masada
Internationally renowned archaeologist Jodi Magness plunges the reader directly into the story of the fall of Masada, unpacking the dramatic tale as told by Josephus. She also describes the excavations there, including her own, providing a welcome tour of the site.
The bulk of construction at Masada was carried out by King Herod. Barely two generations later, in 73-74 CE, the Tenth Roman Legion attacked and destroyed most of the structures on Masada. What the Romans did not demolish was razed by the defenders themselves toward the end of the siege.
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B6: Masada Ancient History Stage 6 Syllabus
Students investigate the history of Masada using a range of sources. The Historical concepts and skills content is to be integrated as appropriate.
● representations of Masada – ancient and/or modern, for example the role of ‘patriotic’ archaeology (ACHAH040, ACHAH041, ACHAH042)
● the geographical and historical context, including:
– an overview of the location and geographical features of Masada (ACHAH039)
– the Roman control of Judaea and the organisation of the province, eg the concept of client kings/states (ACHAH039)
– the problems between the Jews and the Romans leading to the outbreak of war, eg religious beliefs and policies of Vespasian and Titus (ACHAH039)
● the range of sources, including:
– archaeological finds, the defences of Masada and the site of the Roman camp
– the account of Josephus Flavius in The Jewish War (ACHAH040)
● the occupation and siege of Masada as revealed through the sources, including:
– the occupation of Masada by Jewish rebels (ACHAH039)
– the course of the siege of Masada and the role of Flavius Silva and Eleazar bin Ya’ir (ACHAH039)
– the fall of Masada and the aftermath (ACHAH039)
– the accuracy of Josephus’s account and debates about the events at Masada in AD 73–74 (ACHAH040, ACHAH043)
For two millennia Christian scholars have preserved and studied Josephus’s works, especially his account of the Jewish revolt (The Jewish War) and a complete history of God’s people from creation to the first century (Antiquities of the Jews). Pastors often incorporate details from Josephus in their sermons without even realizing they came from him. But should we trust his works?