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Memory of the ancient name has been preserved in that of the Jordanian village Mukawer (30 km south of Madaba), in which remains of the Roman/Byzantine period are still found, including those of churches. The fortress Machaerus itself is located on a spur immediately to the west and is protected on both sides by deep valleys. According to Jos. Bell. VII 164–189, John Hyrcanus II built the first stronghold, which was destroyed by Gabinius in 57 bce. It was rebuilt by Herod the Great with an upper and a lower town; according to Pliny the Elder (Naturalis historia, V 17.72), it …

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Bloedhorn, Hanswulf, “Machaerus”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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