Photographer/Creator

Chet Smolski, Rhode Island College

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Date

Spring 3-1980

Description

This photo is taken at the top of Masada, a horst that was used as a fortress by many ancient people. King Herod, in the first century BC, built an elaborate palace here, perhaps fearing he would have to go into isolation because of his unpopularity with the Jews. A little over a century later Masada was the last stand for the Zealots, a band of Jewish rebels who lived here for seven years until they were at last over taken by the Romans. A Roman road leads to the top of Masada which can still be traveled today. In this photograph the ruins of ancient structures and a group of visitors can be seen.

Notes

Rappaport, Uriel. The Story of the Dead Sea Scrolls. (New York: Harvey House, Inc., 1967) pp. 97, 106-107

Creator 1 Role

Photographer

Subject Headings

Dead Sea scrolls; Religion -- Archaeology and religion; Archaeology -- Israel -- Masada; Masada Site (Israel);

Country Name

Israel

Keywords

Masada, Romans, Zealots, Jews, ruins, historic, archeology

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