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The people of Rome are hungry – they cannot afford to eat. They gather to protest and some among them call for the death
of Caius Martius (later to be Coriolanus). Caius Martius, the foremost soldier of Rome, despises the people. He confronts them demanding they disperse – “go get you home, you fragments”.
Rome is at war with the Volsces (pronounced “Volskees”). A neighbouring state who are lead by Caius Martius’s sworn
enemy Tullus Aufidius. Aufidius swears to kill Caius Martius. The Roman and Volscian armies battle over the city of Corioles. The outstanding courage of Caius Martius secures Corioles in the name of Rome and the Volscians are defeated. Caius Martius is newly named in honour of his victory – Coriolanus
Coriolanus is banished from Rome and takes himself alone to the city of Antium, the Volscian capital, home to his enemy Tullus Aufidius. Coriolanus seeks out Aufidius – and offers either his life or his services against his parent city, Rome. Aufidius is moved by Coriolanus’ proposition and embraces him as his ally. Together Coriolanus and Aufidius march on Rome prepared to destroy the city.
Volumnia with Coriolanus’ wife Virgilia and his son young Martius go to the Volscian camp to persuade Coriolanus not to destroy Rome. Determined not to give in to his mother Coriolanus attempts to reject her but finally breaks at the sheer insistence of her appeal. He weeps at her feet. Peace is made, but Aufidius sees Coriolanus’ capitulation as a personal betrayal and plans to kill him. Having signed a peace treaty between Rome and the Volscians, Coriolanus is killed by Aufidius and his men.
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