Palace atop Masada and Roman ramp (center of picture) used to assault the Jews.
Wikipedia includes the following: “In 72 CE, the Roman governor of Iudaea, Lucius Flavius Silva, led Roman legionX Fretensis, a number of auxiliary units and Jewish prisoners of war, totaling some 15,000 men and women (of whom an estimated 8,000 to 9,000 were fighting men) to lay siege to the 960 people in Masada. The Roman legion surrounded Masada and built a circumvallation wall, before commencing construction of a siege ramp against the western face of the plateau, moving thousands of tons of stones and beaten earth to do so. Josephus does not record any attempts by the Sicarii to counterattack the besiegers during this process, a significant difference from his accounts of other sieges of the revolt.” Please see Wikipedia “Siege of Masada” for more information. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Masada