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Noble deaths at Gamla and Masada? A critical assessment of Josephus’accounts of jewish resistance in light of archaeological discoveriesMaking History (2006)
The sieges of Gamla and Masada were crucial episodes in the First Revolt. Gamla’s capitulation to the Romans in 57 C.E. was one of the first major battles in this conflict while Masada’s 73 C.E. downfall marked the terminus of the hostilities Contemporary readers of Josephus’ War cannot help but be moved by his dramatic accounts of the Sicarii’s final hours atop Masada and the immense suffering of Gamla’s inhabitants. Unfortunately, virtually all of our knowledge about what transpired atop Masada’s summit and in Gamla’s streets comes from Josephus. If we did not have Josephus’ War, we would not even know about the noble deaths at Masada or Gamla. The question facing all Josephus scholars regarding these accounts of noble death, as well as other stories in the War, is whether they are true?
Publication DateNovember 14, 2006
PublisherBrill Academic Pub
Citation InformationKenneth Atkinson. "Noble deaths at Gamla and Masada? A critical assessment of Josephus’accounts of jewish resistance in light of archaeological discoveries" Making History (2006) p. 347 - 371
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kenneth-atkinson/20/