The Antagonists

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For the 1991 television series, see The Antagonists (TV series).
First edition (publ Simon & Schuster)

The Antagonists is an historical novel by Ernest K. Gann about the siege of Masada. The novel explores the themes of leadership and patriotism by comparing and contrasting the two protagonists/antagonists of the story. Little survives from history, so the account is heavily fictionalized.

The novel was adapted into a television miniseries, Masada, broadcast first in 1981.


  • Beetz, Kirk H. (editor) Beacham's encyclopedia of popular fiction. Beacham Publishing, University of Michigan, 1996, Vol. 1, pp. 169–171.

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