In this episode, Jodi Magness about the history of Masada, its role in public memory, and why it matters. Her book Masada: From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth, which synthesizes the history of the site as well as how it has been received in modern times, offers a starting point for a wide-ranging conversation about what Masada means in terms of both scholarship and public memory.
- Purchase Masada: From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth from Princeton University Press (and use code MAS-FG for a 30% discount)
- Read an excerpt from the book
Jodi Magness holds a senior endowed chair in the Dept of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism, and she is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her research interests focus on Palestine in the Roman, Byzantine, and early Islamic periods, and Diaspora Judaism in the Roman world.