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Near Arad, Southern District (Mehoz HaDarom), Israel
 

The Breaching Point

נקודת הפריצה

 
 
The Breaching Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 11, 2013
1. The Breaching Point Marker
Close up view of the text on the historical marker.
Inscription. Here the siege of Masada ended. The ramp that the Romans had built up to the summit of the mountain reached to below this point. At the top of the ramp rose the siege tower, and in it was the battering ram with which the Romans assaulted the casemate wall. However, the rebels had built a wall of earth and wood, against which the battering ram was ineffective:

"Observing this, Silva, thinking it easier to destroy this wall by fire, ordered his soldiers to hurl at it showers of burning torches... At the first outbreak of the fire, a north wind which blew in the faces of the Romans caused them alarm; for diverting the flame from above, it drove it against them... Then suddenly the wind veering, as if by divine providence, to the south and blowing with full force in the opposite direction, wafted and flung the flames against the wall, which now through and through was all ablaze."

Josephus Flavius

When night fell, and it was clear that the situation was hopeless and that the Romans would break in at dawn, Eleazar Ben Ya'ir assembled his followers and called for mass suicide:

The Romans, expecting further opposition... were at a loss to conjecture what had happened... Here encountering the mass of the slain, instead of exulting as over enemies, they admired the nobility of their resolve
The Breaching Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 11, 2013
2. The Breaching Point Marker
View of the historical marker at the western edge of the fortifications, atop Masada.
and the contempt of death displayed by so many in carrying it, unwavering, into execution."


Josephus Flavius

The excavations here uncovered ballista balls and arrowheads numerous slingshots and signs of burning, evidence of the battle that raged at this spot.
 
Location. 31° 18.994′ N, 35° 21.162′ E. Marker is near Arad, Southern District (Mehoz HaDarom). Marker can be reached from Masada National Park Service Road just west of National Route 90, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. This historical marker is located in the ancient Herodian fortification, on top of an isolated rock plateau, on the eastern edge of the Judaean Desert, overlooking the Dead Sea. The historical marker is situated on the western edge of the fortification, in front of the Roman ramp.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Columbarium Tower (dovecot) (a few steps from this marker); The "Casemate of the Scrolls" (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Synagogue (about 90 meters away); The Water Gate (about 150 meters away); The Rebel's Community Life (about 150 meters away); The Discovery Location of the "Lots" (about 180 meters away); Bathing in Roman Style (about 180 meters away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Masada.
The Breaching Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 11, 2013
3. The Breaching Point Marker
Close-up view of an artist's rendering of the Roman ramp and Roman siege machine that breached the Herodian fortifications atop Masada.
This is a link to information provided by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (Submitted on April 1, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Masada. This is a link to information provided by the Jewish Virtual Library website. (Submitted on April 1, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. Masada. This is a link to information provided by the Masada National Park website. (Submitted on April 1, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

4. Masada. This is a link to information provided by the Biblical Places website. (Submitted on April 1, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

5. Masada - UNESCO World Heritage Centre. This is a link to information provided by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. (Submitted on April 1, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesPatriots & Patriotism
 
The Breaching Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 11, 2013
4. The Breaching Point Marker
View of the historical marker, looking north along the fortification ruins of Masada.
The Breaching Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 11, 2013
5. The Breaching Point Marker
View of the historical marker at the breaching point of the Roman attack on the Herodian fortification.
The Roman Ramp image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 11, 2013
6. The Roman Ramp
View of the ruins of the Roman siege ramp.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 29, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 483 times since then and 51 times this year. Last updated on April 1, 2013. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 1, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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