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The Forts of Judaea 168 BC–AD 73: From the Maccabees to the Fall of Masada (Fortress) Paperback – May 20, 2008
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“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)
“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)
“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)
“...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, modelingmadness.com (November 2008)
About the Author
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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The fortifications of Judaea have an interesting history, their construction and appearance having both pre and post-exile Jewish, and Seleucid and Roman elements. Their strategic roles were various, though most were designed for internal purposes-the holding of political prisoners (Alexander and Aristobulus, the sons of Herod the Great, and John the Baptist being three famous examples) and places of refuge for the king in the event of a revolt.
Osprey has long neglected both the post-Alexandrian Hellenistic Period and the Classical Jewish states, but this title and the forthcoming `Army of Herod the Great' will help to fill that unfortunate gap. This is a solidly-written, well-researched, and visually impressive title, and anyone interested in the forts and architecture of Judaea/the late Hellenistic World should definitely buy it!
Rocca describes the characteristics -from walls to gates and towers -of both the Hasmonaean and Herodian fortifications and includes good descriptions of several sites including Herodium, Gamla, Jotpata, Masada and Jerusalem. He describes the composition of the military forces from the best sources available and then covers several of the major sieges of the period.
In addition to drawings of several of the fortifications, the book includes a few photos of reconstructions that appear in museums in Jerusalem and the Holyland Hotel. Many of the names may be unfamiliar to the general reader, but the author does attempt to identify them and the sometimes rather confusing tangle of wars. This is one of the titles in the series that cover relatively new ground for most military history buffs and is well worth having.