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Act 1, scene 2
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Act 1, scene 2



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As Coriolanus begins, two Roman patricians, Menenius and Martius, calm a revolt by the city’s famished plebians. Martius, who despises the plebians,…

Act 1, scene 1

Rome’s famished plebeians threaten revolt, and the patrician Menenius attempts to placate them. Martius announces that the plebeians, whom he…

Act 1, scene 2

Aufidius and Volscian senators discuss the Roman preparations for war.

Act 1, scene 3

Volumnia, Martius’s mother, and Virgilia, his wife, are visited by Valeria, who brings news of Martius at Corioles.

Act 1, scene 4

Before the Romans can besiege Corioles, the Volscians emerge to attack them. Martius rallies the troops to beat the Volscians…

Act 1, scene 5

Leaving Lartius to secure Corioles, Martius goes to the aid of the Roman general Cominius on the battlefield near the…

Act 1, scene 6

Martius joins Cominius and inspires the Roman troops to further combat.

Act 1, scene 7

Having secured Corioles, Lartius leaves to join Cominius.

Act 1, scene 8

Martius defeats Aufidius and his Volscian supporters.

Act 1, scene 9

Cominius awards Martius the name Coriolanus for his service at Corioles.

Act 1, scene 10

Aufidius vows to destroy Coriolanus by any means possible.

Act 2, scene 1

Coriolanus is welcomed back to Rome by his family and Menenius, and is expected to be elected consul. (Coriolanus’s entry…

Act 2, scene 2

The Senate meets to hear Cominius praise Coriolanus in a formal oration and then to choose Coriolanus as its nominee…

Act 2, scene 3

According to custom, Coriolanus asks a number of individual plebeians for their votes. Although he mocks them, they consent to…

Act 3, scene 1

Learning that the plebeians have revoked their votes, Coriolanus publicly attacks the decision that had given the people tribunes. Accusing…

Act 3, scene 2

The patricians and Volumnia persuade Coriolanus to pretend to tolerate the plebeians and their tribunes.

Act 3, scene 3

When the tribunes call Coriolanus a traitor, he angrily insults them, and they first impose a death sentence and then…

Act 4, scene 1

Coriolanus says goodbye to his family and closest supporters.

Act 4, scene 2

Meeting the tribunes, Volumnia and Virgilia curse them.

Act 4, scene 3

A Roman informer tells a Volscian spy of Coriolanus’s banishment.

Act 4, scene 4

Coriolanus comes to the Volscian city of Antium in search of Aufidius.

Act 4, scene 5

Coriolanus offers to join Aufidius in making war on Rome.

Act 4, scene 6

The tribunes’ delight in Coriolanus’s banishment is interrupted by news that an army led by him and Aufidius has invaded…

Act 4, scene 7

Aufidius, offended by the Volscian soldiers’ preference for Coriolanus, begins plotting against him.

Act 5, scene 1

After Cominius fails to persuade Coriolanus not to destroy Rome, Menenius agrees to try.

Act 5, scene 2

Menenius fails to shake Coriolanus’s determination to destroy Rome.

Act 5, scene 3

Volumnia, accompanied by Virgilia, Valeria, and young Martius, persuades Coriolanus to spare Rome.

Act 5, scene 4

News arrives in Rome of Volumnia’s success.

Act 5, scene 5

The Romans honor Volumnia as she returns.

Act 5, scene 6

Aufidius and his fellow conspirators, on their return to Corioles, publicly assassinate Coriolanus.

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Scene 2
Enter Tullus Aufidius with Senators of Corioles.

 So, your opinion is, Aufidius,
 That they of Rome are entered in our counsels
 And know how we proceed.

ACT 1. SC. 2

AUFIDIUS  Is it not yours?
5 Whatever have been thought on in this state
 That could be brought to bodily act ere Rome
 Had circumvention? ’Tis not four days gone
 Since I heard thence. These are the words—I think
 I have the letter here. Yes, here it is.
10 (He reads.) They have pressed a power, but it is not
 Whether for east or west. The dearth is great.
 The people mutinous; and, it is rumored,
 Cominius, Martius your old enemy,
15 Who is of Rome worse hated than of you,
 And Titus Lartius, a most valiant Roman,
 These three lead on this preparation
 Whither ’tis bent. Most likely ’tis for you.
 Consider of it.

FIRST SENATOR 20Our army’s in the field.
 We never yet made doubt but Rome was ready
 To answer us.
AUFIDIUS  Nor did you think it folly
 To keep your great pretenses veiled till when
25 They needs must show themselves, which, in the
 It seemed, appeared to Rome. By the discovery
 We shall be shortened in our aim, which was
 To take in many towns ere almost Rome
30 Should know we were afoot.
SECOND SENATOR  Noble Aufidius,
 Take your commission; hie you to your bands.
 Let us alone to guard Corioles.
 If they set down before ’s, for the remove
35 Bring up your army. But I think you’ll find
 They’ve not prepared for us.
AUFIDIUS  O, doubt not that;
 I speak from certainties. Nay, more,

ACT 1. SC. 3

 Some parcels of their power are forth already,
40 And only hitherward. I leave your Honors.
 If we and Caius Martius chance to meet,
 ’Tis sworn between us we shall ever strike
 Till one can do no more.
ALL The gods assist you!
AUFIDIUS 45And keep your Honors safe!
ALL Farewell.
All exit.