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Numantia

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .To curb thine army with an iron bit,

And hold the soldier back with tightened rein

When he would plunge into the loathsome pit.

Our army's force would be a thing in vain

If right and virtue do not go with it;

Although it march along in proud array,

With thousand squadrons, and with banners gay.

[At this point there enter as many soldiers as may be, and Caius Marius, armed in antique fashion, without arquebuses, and Scipio, ascending a small eminence on the stage, glances round at the soldiers and says:

Scipio.

By that proud gesture, by the lusty swell

Of these rich trappings, with their martial sheen,

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My friends, for Romans I do know you well—

Romans in build and gallant port, I mean;

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Community Reviews

“¿Pones reglas al amor? / La razón debe poner. / Razonables pueden ser, más no de mucho valor.”
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En El cerco de Numancia vemos la interpretación de Cervantes de como los numantinos realizaron un suicidio colectivo antes de ser esclavos de los romanos. Con bella prosa logramos ver la precaria situació

La obra trata del suicidio colectivo de una ciudad celtibérica, cercada por las legiones romanas de Escipión Emiliano en el año 133 a.C., que prefirió inmolarse antes que aceptar una rendición infamante. Numancia está sitiada por los romanos, embebidos en la lascivia tras varios años de guerra. La N

Creo que como obra y película debe ser espectacular, pero como lectura no me atrapó sino casi al final. En general no me gustó, prefiero lecturas contemporáneas. Aunque el idioma es el mismo, me pareció difícil de comprender.

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Relegada durante mucho tiempo a un segundo plano frente a los Entremeses, hoy día esta pieza está considerada por autores como Ruiz Ramón como "la mejor tragedia española del siglo XVI y una de las más importante del teatro español". De tema histórico-nacional (los numantinos prefieren la destrucci

Si bien España se vio derrotada en el siglo II a.d.C. por los romanos; Cervantes reivindica la nobleza de su patria en esta historia.

This tragedy is one of the most popular works of Cervantes before he wrote "Don Quixote." It shows the destruction of the pre-Roman city of Numancia, in Spain, in the time of Scipio Aemilianus, when this general built a rampart around the city to prevent the entrance of victuals or the escape of peo

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