Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Antagonists Hardcover – January 25, 1971


See all 22 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover, January 25, 1971
$22.93 $0.05
Paperback
"Please retry"
$1.48
Audio, Cassette
"Please retry"
$28.99
Unknown Binding
"Please retry"
$21.88

Best Books of the Month
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (January 25, 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671206680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671206680
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #816,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
5 star
6
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
1
1 star
0
See all 7 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James Scrittorale on December 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book well written and well researched even if it's just fiction. The history of two great peoples the Romans and the Jew's come to life here in a vivid walk thru what happened in 73 AD in Judea. The characters are as real you and me and you can see yourself standing along side them as the story unfolds. Read this it's great.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jim on January 4, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a historical character study of Eleazar Ben Yair and Flavius Silvia the opposing leaders respectively of the Siracii subgroup of the Jewish Zealots and the Roman Procurator of Judea and General of the elite Xth Roman Legion during the seige of Masada. Gann relied on the works of Josephus and archeological research to create his novel. We learn that contrary to popular belief there were survivors: an old woman and 5 children(including the son of Eleazar) under the age of 5. Josephus' writing comes from his interview with a survivor.

The back story is that the fortress had been built by Herod for his own use in the event of a Jewish revolt. After Herod's reign ended, the Zealots escaped Jerusalem and occuped Masada for 3 years prior to the seige. From there they conducted raids against the Romans until the Emperor Vespesian directed Flavius Silva to subdue the nuisance.

Gann picks up the story during the building of the ramp designed to access and penetrate the ramparts of Masada and most of the action here is during its building. Silva from a patrician Roman family is a widower who plans to retire to his newly constructed estate in Rome once the inevitable is accomplished. Delays in defeating Masada bring the Emperor's political pressure via Pomponius Falco a manipulative noble sent to Silva's camp. For his part Silva thinks the Emperor doesn't understand the complexity of the situation (sound familar?) and considers Falco an intruder.

Other characters to the story include Sheva a Jewess who is Silva's mistress, Abigal an old woman to whom Eleazar goes for advice, Ezra a warrior who surrenders to the Romans during the building of the ramp with the intention of facilitating Roman Legionnaires' disloyalty due to the extreme heat of the area.
Read more ›
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miriam's Regular Scholarship on October 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Having seen the movie, "MASADA" starring Peter O'Toole, I wanted to read the book on which it was based. The author obviously thoroughly researched the period & does an amazing job of taking us to the site of both the Roman camp known for it's abuse, excesses,inefficiency and debauchery. The Jewish group challenged with the need to remain united, survived in an amazing way largely by the wisdom of their leader [maybe it was true in reality...]. The author doesn't spare us crudeness when applicable. He brought out aspects of Roman life which would never have occurred to me, such as reading famous Greek literature when they had time. Miriam Maranzenboim
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
14 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Maximillian Ben Hanan on April 16, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There�s an old adage that �victors write the history books.� "The Antagonists" is a tale that confirms that old adage. Everyone has heard of the mighty Roman Empire that nearly conquered the world and imposed its� rule wherever it went. What many people don�t know that historians do is that Romans went to the Holy Land (Israel) and brutally subjugated its� people, the Jews. They destroyed Jerusalem, massacred entire villages of thousands as symbols of Roman power, and lined the roads of Israel with crucifixes on which corpses were cruelly hung. In the midst of this Roman killing, some people would not give up no matter the cost and "The Antagonists" is their story, the story of a small group who escaped to a fortress known as Masada.
Masada itself is the name of a fortress built in Northern Israel by king Herod and it was old before the time of Jesus (It was built sometime between 37 to 4 B.C.E.). When the Romans came to Israel, the Jews had mixed opinions about how to deal with the Roman Empire. Thought was split between quite a few groups. The basic differences were between people who welcomed the Roman Empire because of the prosperity it could possibly bring and those who condemned the Roman Empire for its� cultural depravity (Orgies, gladiatorial combat, sacrifice, etc.). Eventually the Romans made the decision easy by imposing crippling taxes on the people and religious oppression. This was the straw that broke the camels back and all the Jews no matter their political differences united. Unfortunately, their unification happened too late. The Romans destroyed Jerusalem and razed the Great Temple from the Bible. The survivors fled north to a fortress known as� Masada.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?