In his opening monologue on April 7, 1981, Johnny Carson described this mini-series as a "Kosher Shogun". After watching the mini-series, Carson joked that he learned all Romans spoke with an English accent.
Senator Pomponius Falco:
So much for atheism! There is a Hell! This is it!
During the scene in which the Jews are ascending the trail up to the summit of Masada, a vehicle the size of a bus can clearly be seen travelling on a road in the background
An extremely edited, two-hour version was released on video c. 1982.