Neo a lot of political movements would like it to be false, but the core if it is established fact, the people there, the romans who trapped them, etc
all that happened.
I read that they even found the pot shards that held the votes of the people who had to kill their families. (the leaders killed their families and
then one person killed the leaders and that person committed suicide.
Its an inspiring place with an amazing location
-- good history here
The ridge running from bottom centre to top right is the reconstructed roman ramp by which they broke into the fortress.
Here is the written account by Josephus, at around the time after it happened...
Some 75 years after Herods death, at the beginning of the Revolt of the Jews against the Romans in 66 CE, a group of Jewish rebels overcame the Roman
garrison of Masada. After the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple (70 CE) they were joined by zealots and their families who had fled
from Jerusalem. With Masada as their base, they raided and harassed the Romans for two years.
Then, in 73 CE, the Roman governor Flavius Silva marched against Masada with the Tenth Legion, auxiliary units and thousands of Jewish
The Romans established camps at the base of Masada, laid siege to it and built a circumvallation wall. They then constructed a rampart of thousands of
tons of stones and beaten earth against the western approaches of the fortress and in the spring of the year 74 CE moved a battering ram up the ramp
and breached the wall of the fortress.
Josephus Flavius dramatically recounts the story told him by two surviving women. The defenders almost one thousand men, women and children led by
Eleazar ben Yair, decided to burn the fortress and end their own lives, rather than be taken alive. And so met (the Romans) with the multitude of
the slain, but could take no pleasure in the fact, though it were done to their enemies.
Nor could they do other than wonder at the courage of their resolution, and at the immovable contempt of death which so great a number of them had
shown, when they went through with such an action as that was.
(I slept on the tower in the top right hand side to get away from the mosqutoes)