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Masada Myth: Collective Memory and Mythmaking in Israel
In 73 A.D., legend has it, 960 Jewish rebels under siege in the ancient desert fortress of Masada committed suicide rather than surrender to a Roman legion. Recorded in only one historical source, the story of Masada was obscure for centuries. In The Masada Myth, Israeli sociologist Nachman Ben-Yehuda tracks the process by which Masada became an ideological symbol for the...more
Paperback, 424 pages
Published January 15th 1996 by University of Wisconsin Press
(first published December 8th 1995)
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