MASADA Mass Suicide in the First Jewish-Roman War, c. AD 73


From the popular “History of Terror” series, and covering the siege of Masada and one of the final events in the First Jewish–Roman War, occurring from 73 to 74 CE,The siege is known to history via a single source, Flavius Josephus, a Jewish rebel leader captured by the Romans, in whose service he became a historian. According to Josephus the long siege by the troops of the Roman Empire led to the mass suicide of the Sicarii rebels and resident Jewish families of the Masada fortress. As Judaism prohibits 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.

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