Masada and the SicariiFortresses were build in Judaea at strategic points to protect the country from invaders. Masada was build not for protection of the country but for refuge. Its location made Masada a strong bastion for refuge and defence.
The Myth of MasadaThe 2,000 year old hilltop fortress stands as a revered symbol of Jewish nationalism - but does the historic record support the myth or a very different reality?
Article by Gabriel, Richard A. in Herndon Vol. 31, Iss. 6, (Mar 2015): 64-71.