By Steve Mason
A clash that erupted among Roman legions and a few Judaeans in past due A.D. sixty six had an incalculable effect on Rome's actual visual appeal and imperial governance; on historical Jews bereft in their mother-city and temple; and on early Christian fortunes. old scholarship and cinema alike are likely to see the clash because the fruits of lengthy Jewish resistance to Roman oppression. during this quantity, Steve Mason re-examines the battle in all correct contexts (e.g., the Parthian measurement, Judaea's position in Roman Syria) and stages, from the Hasmoneans to the autumn of Masada. Mason methods each one subject as a ancient research, clarifying difficulties that must be solved, realizing the on hand facts, and contemplating eventualities that will clarify the proof. the easiest reconstructions make the clash extra humanly intelligible whereas casting doubt on obtained wisdom.