Coriolanus (Gnaeus Marcius Coriolanus) (kôr´ēəlā´nəs), Roman patrician. He is said to have derived his name from the capture of the Volscian city Corioli. According to legend he was expelled from Rome because he demanded the abolition of the people's tribunate in return for distributing state grain to the starving plebeians. He joined the Volscians and led (491? BC) them in an attack on Rome. Only the tears of his wife and his mother caused him to spare the city. The angry and frustrated Volscians put him to death. Plutarch tells the story, and Shakespeare's Coriolanus is based on Plutarch.

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FREE! Coriolanus By William Shakespeare University Society, 1901
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Shakespeare the Playwright: A Companion to the Complete Tragedies, Histories, Comedies, and Romances By Victor L. Cahn Praeger, 1996
Librarian's tip: Discussion of Coriolanus begins on p. 241
Shakespeare's Craft: Eight Lectures By Philip H. Highfill Jr Southern Illinois University Press, 1982
Librarian's tip: Chap. 2 "Julius Caesar and Coriolanus: Shakespeare's Roman World of Words"
Shakespeare's Political Drama: The History Plays and the Roman Plays By Alexander Leggatt Routledge, 1989
Librarian's tip: Chap. 8 "Coriolanus"
Shakespeare's Arguments with History By Ronald Knowles Palgrave, 2002
Librarian's tip: Chap. 9 "Coriolanus"
Privileging Gender in Early Modern England By Jean R. Brink Sixteenth Century Journal Publishers, 1993
Librarian's tip: Chap. Five "An Intertextual Study of Volumnia: From Legend to Character in Shakespeare's Coriolanus"
Shakespeare on Masculinity By Robin Headlam Wells Cambridge University Press, 2000
Librarian's tip: Chap. 5 "'Flower of Warriors': Coriolanus"
Comic Women, Tragic Men: A Study of Gender and Genre in Shakespeare By Linda Bamber Stanford University Press, 1982
Librarian's tip: Chap. Four "Macbeth and Coriolanus"
Shame in Shakespeare By Ewan Fernie Routledge, 2002
Librarian's tip: Chap. 8 "Antony and Cleopatra and Coriolanus"
The Performance of Conviction: Plainness and Rhetoric in the Early English Renaissance By Kenneth J. E. Graham Cornell University Press, 1994
Librarian's tip: Chap. 5 "The Performance of Pride: Desire, Truth, and Power in Coriolanus and Timon of Athens"
Shakespeare and the Question of Theory By Patricia Parker; Geoffrey Hartman Methuen, 1995
Librarian's tip: Chap. 13 "'Who Does the Wolf Love?': Coriolanus and the Interpretations of Politics"
Shakespeare's Tragic Frontier: The World of His Final Tragedies By Willard Farnham University of California Press, 1950
Librarian's tip: Chap. V "Coriolanus"
Shakespeare's Festive Tragedy: The Ritual Foundations of Genre By Naomi Conn Liebler Routledge, 1995
Librarian's tip: "Bread and Circuses: Coriolanus and St. George" begins on p. 155
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