Masada, the 30 B.C ancient fortress in the Judean Desert sits high on a desert plateau with clear views to the dead sea. I had always loved the story of Masada and was excited to show this to the kids.
In 70 AD, after Jerusalem had been destroyed, Masada became the last strong hold in Judea housing 960 rebels, including many women and children. Between 72 and 73 AD these rebels were under siege by the forces of 8,000 Romans determined to break through the fortress. When it became clear that the Romans were going to take over Masada in 73 A.D these 960 people took their own lives rather than live as Roman slaves