Coriolanus, Gnaeus Marcius

Coriolanus, Gnaeus Marcius
Legendary Roman hero.

He is said to have lived in the late 6th and early 5th century BC and to have owed his surname to his courage at the siege of Corioli (493 BC) in the war against the Volsci. For trying to have the office of tribune abolished during a famine in Rome, he was sent into exile. Taking refuge with the king of the Volsci, he led the Volscian army against Rome but turned back in response to pleas from his family. He is the subject of William Shakespeare's play Coriolanus.

* * *

▪ Roman legendary figure
      legendary Roman hero of patrician descent who was said to have lived in the late 6th and early 5th centuries BC; the subject of Shakespeare's play Coriolanus. According to tradition, he owed his surname to his bravery at the siege of Corioli (493 BC) in the war against the Volsci. In 491, when there was a famine in Rome, he advised that the people should not receive grain unless they would consent to the abolition of the office of tribune. For this the tribunes had him condemned to exile. Coriolanus then took refuge with the King of the Volsci and led the Volscian army against Rome, turning back only in response to entreaties from his mother and his wife. He died among the Volsci.

      The legend is open to serious criticism, but it at least indicates that in the early 5th century Rome suffered from Volscian pressure and from a shortage of grain.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Поможем решить контрольную работу

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Gnaeus Marcius Coriolanus — Coriolanus Frau und seine Mutter bitten ihn Rom zu verschonen Gnaeus Marcius Coriolanus (auch kurz Coriolan; * vor 527 v. Chr.,† um 488 v. Chr. in Antium) war der Sage nach ein römischer Held und Feldherr, dessen Stolz, Unverstand und Starrsinn… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Coriolanus — Gnaeus Marcius Coriolanus (auch kurz Coriolan; * vor 505 v. Chr.,† (ermordet) um 488 v. Chr. in Antium) war der Sage nach ein römischer Held und Feldherr, dessen Stolz, Unverstand und Starrsinn zu Auseinandersetzungen mit den Plebejern führte. Er …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Coriolanus — /kawr ee euh lay neuhs, kor /, n. 1. Gaius (or Gnaeus) Marcius /gay euhs/ or /nee euhs, mahr shee euhs/, fl. late 5th century B.C., legendary Roman military hero. 2. (italics) a tragedy (1608?) by Shakespeare. * * * ▪ work by Shakespeare… …   Universalium

  • Marcius — Die Marcier (lateinisch: Marcii) waren ein angesehenes, weit verzweigtes altrömisches Geschlecht mit einem patrizischen Zweig und einem plebejischen Zweig, wobei der patrizische Zweig höchstwahrscheinlich vom plebejischen Zweig erfunden wurde.… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Gnaeus — (as used in expressions) Agricola Gnaeus Julius Coriolanus Gnaeus Marcius Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus * * * …   Universalium

  • Gnaeus — or Cnaeus was a Roman praenomen derived from Etruscan Cneve, of unknown meaning. Some individuals named Gnaeus were: Gnaeus Calpurnius Piso Gnaeus Cornelius Cinna Magnus Gnaeus Cornelius Scipio Asina Gnaeus Cornelius Scipio Calvus Gnaeus Domitius …   Wikipedia

  • Coriolanus (Shakespeare) — Daten des Dramas Titel: Coriolanus Originaltitel: The Tragedy of Coriolanus Gattung: Tragödie Originalsprache: Englisch …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Coriolanus — /kɒriəˈleɪnəs/ (say koreeuh laynuhs) noun Gaius Marcius /ˈgaɪəs ˈmasiəs/ (say guyuhs mahseeuhs) or Gnaeus Marcius /ˈniəs ˈmasiəs/ (say neeuhs mahseeuhs), a legendary Roman general of the 5th century BC who, in revenge for being exiled, led an… …  

  • Coriolan — Gnaeus Marcius Coriolanus (auch kurz Coriolan; * vor 505 v. Chr.,† (ermordet) um 488 v. Chr. in Antium) war der Sage nach ein römischer Held und Feldherr, dessen Stolz, Unverstand und Starrsinn zu Auseinandersetzungen mit den Plebejern führte. Er …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Liste der Biografien/Cor — Biografien: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q …   Deutsch Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”