Lost Worlds: City of Armageddon (2007)

History Channel

Masada, from metzuda ("fortress") is the name for a site of ancient palaces and fortifications in the South District of Israel on top of an isolated rock plateau, or horst, on the eastern edge of the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea. After the First Jewish-Roman War a siege of the fortress by troops of the Roman Empire led to the mass suicide of the Sicarii rebels. It is located about 20 km east of Arad.
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Relive the terrible fate of King Herod's impregnable fortress, Masada, as it reemerges from the ruins in this evocative exploration.

  • Ravishing computer reconstructions show ruins in their original glory.
  • Return to the site of one of the most desperate standoffs in history: Masada.
  • Unique access to some of the most important archeological sites in Israel.

LOST WORLDS journeys through time to relive some of the most crucial events in world history within the walls where they occurred. In each revealing episode, discover secrets of the past with a team of historical detectives using evidence from recent excavations, state-of-the-art scientific studies, and historical documents. History comes alive before your eyes.

High above the Dead Sea, Masada was built by King Herod to withstand the onslaughts of all aggressors. And for three full years a band of Jewish freedom fighters stood against the might of Roman legions. In the end their fate was terrible: a mass suicide meant to rob the Romans of slaves and satisfaction.

LOST WORLDS returns to this desolate Judean hilltop to reconstruct the glories of Herod's formidable fortress. Clues to the stronghold's construction - and its builders - are still being discovered among the tumbled stones. Tour the storehouses, barracks, cisterns, armory and palace as they appear today. Then, as vivid graphics breathe life into the ruins, journey to Masada during the time of the siege and once again face the might of Rome.

Walk the magnificent, doomed streets of the CITY OF ARMAGEDDON in this captivating episode of LOST WORLDS.

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