Recently I wrote this review about the movie based on the 1981 miniseries about Masada. This week, CBS has been airing a new miniseries about the same subject based on the Alice Hoffman book, The Dovekeepers, one of my all time favourite books which I reviewed on my very first blog post. If the story of Masada has captured your interest, you may want to also watch this movie, or the miniseries it was based on; you might also enjoy Hoffman’s book. You might like it even better than the miniseries.
I don’t know when I first became aware of the story of Masada, and the tragedy of what occurred there. It may have been the first time I watched the TV mini-series starring Peter O’Toole and Peter Strauss. Certainly my interest rekindled when I read the amazing story by Alice Hoffman called The Dove Keepers which draws together the lives of 4 women with varied backgrounds who tended the doves at Masada until the end of the story. It has also spurred my interest in the archaeology of the Middle East. It is a story of courage and faith, and a refusal to bend to the slavery of the cruel Roman Empire.
I’ve been watching Masada while riding my stationary bike the past few days and am taken again by both the story and the acting skill of Peter O’Toole (General Silva). Filmed almost entirely in Israel using a replica…
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