The Antagonists

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First edition (publ Simon & Schuster)

The Antagonists is a 1971 historical novel by Ernest K. Gann about the siege of Masada. The novel was adapted as a television miniseries, Masada, broadcast first in 1981.[1]


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.[2]


  1. ^ Beetz, Kirk H. (editor) (1996). "The Antagonists". Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction. Beacham Publishing, University of Michigan. 1: 169–171. 
  2. ^ "Literary Precedents for The Antagonists". Bookrags. 

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