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Coriolanus Characters

Caius Martius, called Coriolanus, is a Roman general of aristocratic birth, a deeply proud man of deep integrity and an astounding lack of social skills. 

 
 

Titus Lartius is a Roman senator and general who fights with Coriolanus at Corioles, though he is less audacious that his fellow commander. 

 
 

Cominius is the chief Roman general, a senator in overall command of the war against the Volscians. 

 
 

Menenius Agrippa is an old Roman patrician, beloved by the people due to his charming honesty about his own failings. 

 
 

Sicinus Velutus is an old bearded man named as one of the tribunes of the Roman people after the latter’s riots force the establishment of that office. 

 
 

Junius Brutus is an old bearded man named as one of tribunes of the Roman people after the latter’s riots force the establishment of that office. 

 
 

Young Martius is Coriolanus’s young son, who takes after his father both in looks and in his taste for torturing butterflies. 

 
 

A Roman Herald precedes the returning victorious Roman army, making the formal announcement of Coriolanus’s feats and new honorable name.

 
 

Nicanor is a Roman turncoat who spies for the Volscians and has shaved off his beard to not be recognized by his former compatriots.

 
 

Tullus Aufidius is the leader of the Volscian army and Rome and Coriolanus’s greatest enemy. 

 
 

Lieutenant to Aufidius is a faithful follower of his general, and is disturbed to see Coriolanus win the hearts of his fellow soldiers, as it diminishes Aufidius. 

 
 

Adrian is a Volscian who is oddly friendly with a Roman named Nicanor, and acts as a spy for the state.

 
 

A Citizen of Antium shows the disguised Coriolanus where Aufidius’s house is. 

 
 

Volumnia is Coriolanus’s mother, a stiff-backed, haughty, proud and unbending woman. 

 
 

Virgilia is Coriolanus’s wife, a young woman who loves her husband and is terrified at the thought of anything happening to him. 

 
 

Valeria is a lady of Rome renowned for her chastity and nobility, who keeps up with the news. 

 
 

A Gentlewoman serves Volumnia and Virgilia, and announces the arrival of Valeria.

 
 

A Scout [mute role] leads Lartius and his army to the Roman camp.

 
 

A Volscian Soldier urges Aufidius to leave the field of battle and evade capture. He is afraid of Coriolanus.

 
 

The First Officer is one of the officials of the Senate, in charge of preparing the chamber for events. 

 
 

The Second Officer is one of the officials of the Senate, in charge of preparing the chamber for events. He is quite impressed by Coriolanus.

 
 

The First Aedile is an officer commanded by the tribunes, empowered to arrest citizens at their command. 

 
 

The Second Aedile is an officer commanded by the tribunes, empowered to arrest citizens at their command. 

 
 

The First Roman Senator requests that Martius (later Coriolanus) join Cominius in the war against the Volscians. 

 
 

The Second Roman Senator urges Coriolanus to leave the Forum before he is torn to pieces by the mob, in the hopes that they can be calmed down in his absence. 

 
 

Lieutenant to Lartius is charged with guarding the ports the Romans have captured from the Volscians.

 
 

The First Volscian Senator trusts Aufidius’s opinion about the Romans and how much they know. 

 
 

The Second Volscian Senator entrusts the Volscian army to Aufidius.

 
 

An Usher [mute role] accompanies Valeria on her visit to Volumnia and Virgilia.

 
 

The First Messenger comes to fetch Caius Martius (later Coriolanus) with the news that he is needed to defend Rome from the attacking Volscians. 

 
 

The Second Messenger comes to inform Caius Martius (later Coriolanus) and Lartius of Cominius’s whereabouts. 

 
 

The Third Messenger brings Brutus and Sinicus their summons to the Capitol to hear Coriolanus’s nomination as Consul. 

 
 

The First Roman Soldier refuses to follow Caius Martius (later Coriolanus) inside the gates of Corioli, considering such an action idiotic in the extreme.

 
 

The Second Roman Soldier refuses to follow Caius Martius (later Coriolanus) inside the gates of Corioli, considering such an action idiotic in the extreme.

 
 

The First Roman has gone to the battle against Corioli, but only stays long enough to pick up some loot and take off again.

 
 

The Second Roman has gone to the battle against Corioli, but only stays long enough to pick up some loot and take off again.

 
 

The Third Roman has gone to the battle against Corioli, but only stays long enough to pick up some loot and take off again.

 
 

The First Roman Citizen is a leader of the famished rioting of the people, who detests the patricians, but is willing to give Menenius time to speak against the rioting, with the result that he is made to look a fool. 

 
 

The Second Roman Citizen participates in the famished rioting of the people, but is a fair-minded person who insists that Caius Martius (later Coriolanus) should not be accused falsely, not matter how hated he may be. 

 
 

The Third Roman Citizen is one of the famished rioters who hates Coriolanus but is later persuaded to vote for him as consul before quickly being persuaded to vote against him instead. 

 
 

The Fourth Roman Citizen is one of the famished rioters who hates Coriolanus but is later persuaded to vote for him as consul. 

 
 

The Fifth Roman Citizen is persuaded to vote for Coriolanus as consul, but is quickly persuaded to change his mind. 

 
 

The Sixth Roman Citizen is persuaded to vote for Coriolanus as consul, but is quickly persuaded to change his mind. 

 
 

The Seventh Roman Citizen is persuaded to vote for Coriolanus as consul, but is quickly persuaded to change his mind. 

 
 

The First Servingman works serving at Aufidius’s feasts. 

 
 

The Second Servingman works serving at Aufidius’s feasts. 

 
 

The Third Servingman works serving at Aufidius’s feasts. 

 
 

The First Watchman guards the Volscian camp and is not even a little impressed by Menenius’s claims to be a special friend of Coriolanus’s. 

 
 

The Second Watchman guards the Volscian camp and is not even a little impressed by Menenius’s claims to be a special friend of Coriolanus. He is a rather sarcastic type.

 
 

The First Conspirator is offended at how Coriolanus is taking Aufidius’s glory, and particularly that he chose not to attack Rome. He helps to kill the Roman.

 
 

The Second Conspirator is quite willing to join with Aufidius if he decides to go through with his plot, and is certain that they will get away with it as the Volscians will remember how many of their kin Coriolanus killed. He helps to kill the Roman.

 
 

The Third Conspirator feels that there is a chance at success in the plot to kill Coriolanus, as the people have no fixed opinion about him, and recommends that he be killed before he has a chance to speak to anyone and perhaps convince them. He helps to kill the Roman.

 
 

The First Volscian Lord is deeply disappointed in Coriolanus for not sacking Rome, but is willing to wait for an explanation. 

 
 

The Second Volscian Lord tries to keep the peace and does not wish to see Coriolanus killed without a fair hearing, but his plea is doomed by Coriolanus’s temper. He considers that Aufidius acted on instinct.

 
 

The Third Volscian Lord insists that Coriolanus’s body be treated with respect.

 
 

The Volscians accept Coriolanus among them as their general despite his arrogance when he promises to fight for them against Rome, but are quick to remember how many of their kin he has killed when given an excuse to do so, and approve of his death.

 
 

Volscian Soldiers [mute roles] follow Aufidius to battle, and rescue him during his duel with Coriolanus. They get little thanks for this.

 
 

Roman Soldiers are hugely impressed by Coriolanus, and cheer him to the skies when he is given his new name.

 
 

A Patrician is one of the old aristocracy of Rome, and speaks for them. 

 
 

Patricians [mute roles] are the old aristocracy of Rome, and approve of Coriolanus as Consul as he will keep the rabble in its place. 

 
 

Plebeians [mute roles] are the lower class of Rome, driven to riot by starvation and later led by the nose by their Tribunes. 

 
 
 
 
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