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Masada : Herod's fortress and the Zealots' last stand (originale 1966; edizione 1966)

di Yigael Yadin

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Masada is an account of the momentous archaeological discovery of Herod's three tiered palace, and of the life and self destruction of the Jewish Zealots who refused to submit to the Romans, with over 90 colour photographs and diagrams/maps.
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Titolo:Masada : Herod's fortress and the Zealots' last stand
Autori:Yigael Yadin
Info:London : Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1966,
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  semoffat | Aug 29, 2021 |
A thorough relating of the archaeological dig at Masada in 1963 and 1964. Profuse illustrations. Excellent review of the edifice and its history. ( )
  LindaLeeJacobs | Feb 15, 2020 |
Masada : Herod's fortress and the Zealots' last stand by Yigael Yadin (1966, 256 pages, read Oct 13-16)
translated from Hebrew by Moshe Pearlman

It was entertaining to read this and right afterward read a book that trashes it. It's something of a classic as the excavation of Masada was apparently second only the King Tut in hoopla, or whatever the right word is. Also this is a fun read full of terrific pictures, even if they are now almost 60 years old.

So, why is it trashed? Because the interpretation a purely imaginative - I can't call it Yadin's imagination, he simply confirmed the popular Masada myth. But he had no evidence to do so. In Yadin's version we have a story of Jews who did everything they could to stand up to Rome, and here made their last stand, finally committing mass suicide, thereby depriving Rome of a real victory and making of themselves heroes of legend. His evidence is Josephus and his archeology. The story was very inspiring to all concerned with Israel's creation, especially those fighting, who felt they could relate to the suffering on Masada. The site of Masada is now an almost mandatory destination of tourists, and used heavily in Israeli military ceremony.

But...well..see Josephus doesn't talk about Zealots on Masada. In his story they were murderous loons called the Sicari who freely killed other Jews and anyone else to get at supplies they might need. Josephus notes the hundreds of woman and children they massacred at a nearby community in Ein Gedi. Their mass suicide may have been a sign of their inability to fight, and hence a sort of giving up. They could have fought to the death instead... Of course Josephus was a Jewish traitor, who joined the Romans, so maybe he's not all that reliable. But, he's the only source. And Yadin praises his accuracy!

And..well...there is a ruined palace on Masada (supposed built by King Herod as an escape, if necessary) and there is a Roman siege wall, and ramp and the Roman camps are still there. But there isn't much evidence about the Sicari or Zealots or whoever they were. Someone was up there and the Romans got them...but there isn't really any archeological evidence about who they were. (A few scraps of scrolls were recovered by Yadin, and these are of biblical writing.)

The last critical complaint is that this book was Yadin's only major publication on his findings here. His complete findings were never published during his lifetime. That's weird and unprofessional.

But, still, the myth and artifacts together are quite entertaining, even if we don't quite know what any of this means.

Posted on my 2013 LT thread here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/160515#4354974 ( )
2 vota dchaikin | Nov 7, 2013 |
An outstanding description of one of Israel's most important archaeological digs. There is a detailed description of the archaeological procedures, the volunteers, the site itself, its historical implications, and pictures of artifacts. I was able to visit Masada with this book in hand which contributed a great deal to the experience. ( )
  carterchristian1 | Apr 17, 2011 |
NO OF PAGES: 272 SUB CAT I: Archaeology SUB CAT II: History SUB CAT III: DESCRIPTION: Professor Yadin, the distinguished military leader and archaeologist, was invited to head the expedition to excavate Masada from 1963 to 1965. This is the account of that work.NOTES: SUBTITLE: A Momentous Archaeological discovery revealing the heroic life and struggle of the Jewish Zealots
  BeitHallel | Feb 18, 2011 |
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Preface -- The elaborate organization of the Masada expedition was shared by numerous people, organizations and scientific institutions.
1. The Challenge -- The rock of Masada, at the eastern edge of the Judean desert with a sheer drop of more than 1,300 feet to the western shore of the Dead Sea, is a place of gaunt and majestic beauty.
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