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In 72, the Roman governor of Iudaea Lucius Flavius Silva headed the Roman legion X Fretensis and laid siege to Masada. The Roman legion surrounded Masada and built a circumvallation wall and then a siege embankment against the western face of the plateau, moving thousands of tons of stones and beaten earth to do so. When they entered the fortress, however, the Romans discovered that its 960 inhabitants had set all the buildings but the food storerooms ablaze and committed mass suicide. Josephus reported that the defenders had drawn lots and killed each other in turn, down to the last man, who would be the only one to actually take his own life. Josephus says that Eleazar ordered his men to destroy everything except the foodstuffs to show that the defenders retained the ability to live, and so chose their own death over slavery.

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  • Copyright: Agata Ey (atka) (72)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2010-12-10
  • Categories: Castles
  • Exposure: f/10.0, 1/500 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2011-01-04 14:40
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