Forts of Judaea 168 BC - AD 73: From the Maccabees to the Fall of Masada

Forts of Judaea 168 BC - AD 73: From the Maccabees to the Fall of Masada

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By (author) Samuel Rocco

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 64 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 244mm x 6mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 20 May 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1846031710
  • ISBN 13: 9781846031717
  • Illustrations note: b/w and col illus
  • Sales rank: 301,426

Product description

This book analyzes the fortifications of Hasmonaean and Herodian Judaea from the middle of the second century BC, when the Maccabees rebelled against their Seleucid overlords and established an independent state, until the end of the Jewish-Roman War in AD 73.

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Author information

Samuel Rocca was born in Milan, Italy but now lives in Jerusalem with his wife and three sons. He served with the Israeli Defense Forces, and has worked as a teacher and a curator at the Bible Lands Museum, Jerusalem. Having studied biblical and classical archaeology at undergraduate level at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he went on to complete his MA there, before researching his PhD on Herodian Judaea at Bar-Ilan University. Samuel has given papers at numerous international conventions, and written articles for several academic journals. This is his first book for Osprey Publishing. The author lives in Jerusalem, Israel.

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..".an excellent book on a subject that is both historically significant and fascinating to read. It is one I can highly recommend." -Scott Van Aken, " "(November 2008) "This small volume, after a brief history of the period, describes the design and development of the fortifications and offers a tour of the major sites. After describing life in the fortifications in peace and wear, the book focuses on several sieges of Jerusalem and on the epic Roman siegfe of Masada, which remains deeply embedded in the Israeli consciousness. This book is an interesting overview of a period of fortifications in a part of the world that dominates headlines today." -Bolling Smith, "Coast Defense Journal "(September 2008) "If you're and ancient history buff, The Forts of Judaea 168 BC-AD 73 is for you. This is an illustrated primer on Hasmonaean and Herodian fortifications spanning the period from the Maccabean revolt to the Roman-Jewish war."- Sheldon Kirshner, "The Canadian Jewish News "(July 2008) "This is one of the titles in the series that cover relatively new ground for most military history buffs and is well worth having." -J.E. Kauffman, "SiteO Newsletter "(June 2008)