Roman Camps at Masada


Dana Murray
published on 30 June 2015

Following the fall of Jerusalem in 70 CE, Roman Governor Flavius Silva dispatched Legion X Fretensis - a veteran military unit - to eliminate the remaining centre of Jewish resistance at Masada in 72-73 CE. Josephus describes that the Romans began the siege by building a wall around the fortress to prevent escape, and posted sentinels to guard it. Excavations have uncovered a 2.5 mile circumvallation wall surrounding the desert fortress, as well as fifteen towers lining the eastern and northern stretches of the circumvallation wall, and eight camps. This image includes two of these camps which were laid down around the wall serving as bases and garrison points for the troops.

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Dana Murray
Researcher with interest in the art, architecture and religion of ancient Greece and the Near East.

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