William Shakespeare: Coriolanus

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  • Kenneth Parker (University of East London (Emeritus) )

As with Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, and Timon of Athens, the chief source for the play is Plutarch's Parallel Lives, first written in Greek around 2 BCE. Shakespeare came to Plutarch via Sir Thomas North's Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romanes (1579; additions 1595; 1603), translated from the French of Jacques Amyot in 1560. It is also likely that Shakespeare drew on Philemon Holland's translation of Livy's Roman History (1601) in which the story is told as part of the account of the expulsion of the Tarquins from Rome in the early fifth century BCE. Plutarch tells how Caius Marcius is awarded the name “Coriolanus” in thanks for his capture of Corioli, a town on the frontier …

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Citation:
Parker, Kenneth. "Coriolanus". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 October 2000
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=5837, accessed 18 April 2014.]


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