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ENGL 1003H Chapter Notes - Chapter N/A: Attius Tullius, Sicinia (Gens), Loyal Wife

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ENGL 1003H
Elizabeth Popham

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Notes on Coriolanus
Caius Martius - A Roman general, he is given the name "Coriolanus" after he
leads the Roman armies to victory against the Volscian city of Corioles. Brave,
fearsome in battle, and extremely honorable, he is also overly proud, immature,
inflexible, and stubbornly aristocratic. These faults, combined with a fierce
contempt for the lower classes of Rome, lead to his exile from his native city.
Volumnia - A Roman noblewoman and the mother of Coriolanus. She is devoted
to her son and delights in his military exploits, having raised him to be a warrior;
he, in turn, often allows himself to be dominated by her iron will.
Menenius - A Roman nobleman, or patrician, and a friend to Coriolanus. Gifted
with a clever tongue, he has a reputation as a great wit, which he uses adeptly to
avoid conflict.
Brutus - One of the tribunes elected by the common people, or plebeians, of
Rome to serve as their representative in the government. A clever politician, he
regards Coriolanus as a great danger to the class he represents and to the Roman
state and works to keep him out of power.
Sicinius - A Roman tribune, a clever politician, and Brutus' ally in the struggle
against Coriolanus.
Tullus Aufidius - A general of the Volscians, Rome's enemy. He is Coriolanus's
great rival in warfare but is not quite the equal of the Roman general, and his
inability to defeat Coriolanus rankles him.
Cominius - A patrician of Rome and a former consul. He is a friend of
Coriolanus, and he's one of the generals who leads the Roman army against the
Titus Lartius - An old Roman nobleman. He is appointed, along with Cominius,
as a general against the Volscians.
Virgilia - A Roman noblewoman and Coriolanus's loyal wife
Valeria - A Roman noblewoman, she is close friends with Virgilia and Volumnia
Young Martius - Coriolanus and Virgilia's son
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