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Coriolanus Characters

Caius Martius

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. 

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Titus Lartius

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

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Cominius

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

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Sicinius Velutus

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. 

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Junius Brutus

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. 

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Young Martius

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

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Roman Herald

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

Nicanor

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

Lieutenant to Aufidius

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

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

Citizen of Antium

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

Virgilia

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

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Valeria

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

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Gentlewoman

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

Scout

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

Volscian Soldier

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

Second Officer

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.

First Aedile

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

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Second Roman Senator

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. 

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Lieutenant to Lartius

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

Usher

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

First Messenger

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

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Third Messenger

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

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First Roman Soldier

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

Second Roman Soldier

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

First Roman

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

Second Roman

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

Third Roman

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

First Roman Citizen

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. 

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Second Roman Citizen

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. 

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Third Roman Citizen

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. 

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First Watchman

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. 

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Second Watchman

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.

First Conspirator

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.

Second Conspirator

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.

Third Conspirator

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.

Second Volscian Lord

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.

Third Volscian Lord

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

Volscians

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

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

Roman Soldiers

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

Patricians

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

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Plebeians

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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