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''Masada'' is an American MiniSeries that first aired on Creator/{{ABC}} in April 1981. It is a [[HistoricalFiction fictionalized account]] of the historical [[TheSiege siege]] of the Masada citadel in Israel by legions of the UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire in AD 73 during the first UsefulNotes/JewishRevolts. The series' script is [[TheFilmOfTheBook based on the novel]] ''The Antagonists'' by Ernest K. Gann while also using details from historical sources by Roman-Jewish historian [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephus Flavius Josephus]].

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''Masada'' is an American MiniSeries that first aired on Creator/{{ABC}} in April 1981. It is a [[HistoricalFiction fictionalized account]] of the historical [[TheSiege siege]] of the Masada citadel in Israel UsefulNotes/{{Israel}} by legions of the UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire in AD 73 during the first UsefulNotes/JewishRevolts. The series' script is [[TheFilmOfTheBook based on the novel]] ''The Antagonists'' by Ernest K. Gann while also using details from historical sources by Roman-Jewish historian [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephus Flavius Josephus]].


* DatedHistory: A more recent example than the rest of the story: the final scene of the miniseries is the swearing in of an Israeli military squadron on the grounds of Masada, with the oath that the fortress won't fall again. IDF oath swearings stopped being done on Masada in TheNineties after the higher-ups thought it over and decided that an oath to be DefiantToTheEnd in a place where there was a mass suicide gave off mixed signals, to put it nicely.

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* DatedHistory: A more recent example than the rest of the story: the final scene of the miniseries is the swearing in of an Israeli military squadron on the grounds of Masada, with the oath that the fortress won't fall again. IDF oath swearings stopped being done on Masada in TheNineties after the higher-ups thought it over and decided that an oath to be DefiantToTheEnd in a place where there was a mass suicide gave off mixed signals, to put it nicely.


-->'''Flavius Silva:''' We have won a rock in the middle of a wasteland on the shore of a poisoned sea.

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-->'''Legionary:''' For the Senate and People of Rome. To them, the victory!
-->'''Flavius Silva:''' Victory? We have won a rock in the middle of a wasteland on the shore shores of a poisoned sea.


''Masada'' is an American MiniSeries that first aired on Creator/{{ABC}} in April 1981. It is a [[HistoricalFiction fictionalized account]] of the historical [[TheSiege siege]] of the Masada citadel in Israel by legions of the UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire in AD 73 during the first UsefulNotes/JewishRevolts. The TV series' script is [[TheFilmOfTheBook based on the novel]] ''The Antagonists'' by Ernest K. Gann while also using details from historical sources by Roman-Jewish historian [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephus Flavius Josephus]].

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''Masada'' is an American MiniSeries that first aired on Creator/{{ABC}} in April 1981. It is a [[HistoricalFiction fictionalized account]] of the historical [[TheSiege siege]] of the Masada citadel in Israel by legions of the UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire in AD 73 during the first UsefulNotes/JewishRevolts. The TV series' script is [[TheFilmOfTheBook based on the novel]] ''The Antagonists'' by Ernest K. Gann while also using details from historical sources by Roman-Jewish historian [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephus Flavius Josephus]].


* NothingCanStopUsNow: Silva has the following line once the siege tower reaches the walls of Masada:
-->'''Flavius Silva:''' Now they will surrender.

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* NothingCanStopUsNow: Silva has the following line once the siege tower reaches the walls of Masada:
Masada, with the ram ready to demolish the wall.
-->'''Flavius Silva:''' Now they will surrender.Now! Surrender now!


* TheBigGuy: Gideon (Paul L. Smith), among the Zealots. He is the strongest guy in all of Masada. It takes up to ''five men'' to carry a wooden beam similar to the one he carries ''alone'' to reinforce the wall that's to be destroyed by the Roman siege tower's ram.

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* TheBigGuy: Gideon (Paul L. Smith), among the Zealots. He is the strongest guy in all of Masada. It takes up to ''five men'' to carry a wooden beam similar to the one he carries ''alone'' to reinforce the wall that's to be destroyed by the Roman siege tower's ram.


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* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: It takes up to ''five men'' to carry a wooden beam similar to the one Gideon carries ''alone'' to reinforce the wall that's to be destroyed by the Roman siege tower's ram.


* TheBigGuy: Gideon (Paul L. Smith), among the Zealots. He is the strongest guy in all of Masada.

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* TheBigGuy: Gideon (Paul L. Smith), among the Zealots. He is the strongest guy in all of Masada. It takes up to ''five men'' to carry a wooden beam similar to the one he carries ''alone'' to reinforce the wall that's to be destroyed by the Roman siege tower's ram.


''Masada'' is an American television miniseries that first aired on Creator/{{ABC}} in April 1981. It is a [[HistoricalFiction fictionalized account]] of the historical [[TheSiege siege]] of the Masada citadel in Israel by legions of the UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire in AD 73 during the first UsefulNotes/JewishRevolts. The TV series' script is [[TheFilmOfTheBook based on the novel]] ''The Antagonists'' by Ernest K. Gann while also using details from historical sources by Roman-Jewish historian [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephus Flavius Josephus]].

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''Masada'' is an American television miniseries MiniSeries that first aired on Creator/{{ABC}} in April 1981. It is a [[HistoricalFiction fictionalized account]] of the historical [[TheSiege siege]] of the Masada citadel in Israel by legions of the UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire in AD 73 during the first UsefulNotes/JewishRevolts. The TV series' script is [[TheFilmOfTheBook based on the novel]] ''The Antagonists'' by Ernest K. Gann while also using details from historical sources by Roman-Jewish historian [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephus Flavius Josephus]].


* 24HourArmor: Averted. When not in battle the Romans are shown wearing their simple tunics, and when the Romans storm the citadel and discover all the defenders have committed suicide, Silva removes his armor in short order as he realizes he's not going to need it.

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* 24HourArmor: TwentyFourHourArmor: Averted. When not in battle the Romans are shown wearing their simple tunics, and when the Romans storm the citadel and discover all the defenders have committed suicide, Silva removes his armor in short order as he realizes he's not going to need it.

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* 24HourArmor: Averted. When not in battle the Romans are shown wearing their simple tunics, and when the Romans storm the citadel and discover all the defenders have committed suicide, Silva removes his armor in short order as he realizes he's not going to need it.

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* MassOhCrap: When the Zealots find out the Romans built a siege tower with a massive BatteringRam. And it's coming right at them on the ramp.


* NothingCanStopUsNow: What Silva says to Eleazar during their secret meeting the night after Falco's failed CatapultToGlory blackmail. He also has this line once the siege tower reaches the walls of Masada:

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* NothingCanStopUsNow: What Silva says to Eleazar during their secret meeting has the night after Falco's failed CatapultToGlory blackmail. He also has this following line once the siege tower reaches the walls of Masada:


*** [[TheSmartGuy Rubrius Gallus]] is the best Roman siege engineer at Silva's disposal and gives him very helpful advices, especially concerning the management of slaves.

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*** ** [[TheSmartGuy Rubrius Gallus]] is the best Roman siege engineer at Silva's disposal and gives him very helpful advices, especially concerning the management of slaves.


* NothingCanStopUsNow / ResistanceIsFutile : What Silva says to Eleazar during their secret meeting the night after Falco's failed CatapultToGlory blackmail. He also has this line once the siege tower reaches the walls of Masada:

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* NothingCanStopUsNow / ResistanceIsFutile : NothingCanStopUsNow: What Silva says to Eleazar during their secret meeting the night after Falco's failed CatapultToGlory blackmail. He also has this line once the siege tower reaches the walls of Masada:



* LaResistance: The Jewish Zealots.

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* LaResistance: The Jewish Zealots.Zealots resist to the Roman domination.
* ResistanceIsFutile: The point Silva makes to Eleazar when they secretely meet.

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