The Masada Myth

The tragic story of the defence of the rock fortress at Masada by Jewish rebels has been an inspiring force for contemporary Israel.

Now this heroic tale is increasingly coming under question.

Critics describe it as a mixture of intentional misreadings, archaeological hype and sheer invention as a founding myth by the country's Zionist pioneers.

Malcolm Billings investigates truth, fantasy and the manufacturing of history.

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The tragic story of the defence of the rock fortress at Masada by Jewish rebels has been an inspiring force for contemporary Israel.

Now this heroic tale is increasingly coming under question.

Critics describe it as a mixture of intentional misreadings, archaeological hype and sheer invention as a founding myth by the country's Zionist pioneers.

Malcolm Billings investigates truth, fantasy and the manufacturing of history.