Numantia

(redirected from Numantians)
Also found in: Encyclopedia.

Numantia

(njuːˈmæntɪə)
n
(Placename) an ancient city in N Spain: a centre of Celtic resistance to Rome in N Spain; captured by Scipio the Younger in 133 bc
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
In this text, the Numantians defend their city against the besieging Romans and display their hardiness and valor through a collective suicide that leaves the Roman general Cipion with neither conquered city (the Numantians destroy all their possessions) nor glorious military victory.
Examining La Numanica through the philosophical and political lenses of Max Horkheimer, Edmund Burke, and Immanual Kant, Checa argues that Cervantes's play stages Horkheimer's concept of "subjective reason" such that the Numantians' sublimely heroic suicide forces them to betray their own social values.
Salas Viu which emphasized the obvious parallels between the resistance of the Numantians and that of the Republican Loyalists:
De Armas' chapter on Lucan and "necromantic" imitation is one of the strongest, reflecting upon the scene of pagan necromancy in which the besieged Numantians receive an enigmatic prediction of their impending self-destruction.