The Life of Caius Martius Coriolanus
- 1. Family of the MARTIANS, and character of CAIUS MARTIUS.
- 2. He goes to the wars and is crowned with a garland of oaken boughs.
- 3. The Roman populace complain of the extremity of usury, and encamp on the holy hill.
- 4. MENENIUS AGRIPPA, by his fable of the belly and the members, pacifies the populace; tribunes of the people are chosen for the first time.
- 5. Siege of CORIOLI, and successful valour of CAIUS MARTIUS.
- 6. The people offer him the tenth part of the enemies' goods, which he refuses.
- 7. He is surnamed CORIOLANUS.
- 8. Seditions at Rome, by reason of famine.
- 9. CORIOLANUS offends the people.
- 10. Much corn brought to ROME; Speech of CORIOLANUS.
- 11. SICINIUS, the tribune, pronounces sentence of death upon CORIOLANUS, who defends himself.
- 12. He is sentenced to perpetual banishment.
- 13. Ge goes in disguise to ANTIUM, a city of the Volsces.
- 14. Vision of TITUS LATINUS. Origins of the word furcifer.
- 15. CORIOLANUS chosen general of the Volsces, jointly with TULLUS AUFIDIUS, against the Romans.
- 16. Successes of MARTIUS.
- 17. The Romans send to him to treat of peace.
- 18. Second embassy of the ROMANS to CORIOLANUS.
- 19. VOLUMNIA, his mother expostulates with CORIOLANUS, who withdraws his army from ROME.
- 20. Building of the temple of FORTUNA.
- 21. TULLUS AUFIDIUS seeks to kill CORIOLANUS, who is murdered in the city of ANTIUM.
- 22. TULLUS AUFIDIUS is slain in battle.
The Family of the Martians.
Publius and Quintius Martius brought the water by conduits to Rome.
The benefit of learning.
What this word Virtus signifieth.
Coriolanus' first going to wars.
Coriolanus crowned with a garland of oaken boughs.
The goodness of the oak.
Too sudden honour in youth killeth further desire of fame.
Coriolanus' noble endeavor to continue well deserving.
Coriolanus and Epaminondas did both place their desire for honour alike.
The obedience of Coriolanus to his mother.
Extremity of usary complained of at Rome by the people.
Martius Coriolanus against the people.
The people leave the city and do go to the Holy Hill.
An excellent tale told by Menenius Agrippa to pacify the people.
The first beginning of Tribuni plebis.
The city of Corioles beseiged by Consul Cominius.
Titus Latius, a valiant Roman.
The property of a soldier.
The city of Corioles taken.
By Coriolanus' means, the Volsci were overcome in battle.
The tenth part of the enemies' goods offered Martius for reward of his service by Cominius the Consul.
Valiancy rewarded with honour in the field.
Martius' noble answer and refusal.
Martius surnamed Coriolanus by the Consul.
How the Romans came to have three names.
Names of mockery among the Romans.
Sedition at Rome, by reason of famine.
Velitres made a colony to Rome.
Two practices to remove the sedition at Rome.
Sicinius and Brutus, Tribunes of the people, against both those devices.
Coriolanus offendeth the people.
Coriolanus invadeth the Antiates and bringeth rich spoils home.
The manner of suing at Rome.
Whereupon this means of suing was devised.
Officers given then by desert, without favour or corruption.
Banquets and money given, only destroyers of commonwealths.
Anytus then Athenian the first that with money corrupted the sentence of the judge, and voices of the people.
The fruit of selfwill and obstinacy.
Great store of corn brought to Rome.
Coriolanus' oration against the insolency of the people.
Sedition at Rome for Coriolanus.
Articles against Coriolanus.
Coriolanus' stoutness in defense of himself.
Sicinius the Tribune pronounceth sentence of death upon Martius.
Coriolanus hath day given him to answer the people.
Coriolanus accused that he sought to be king.
Coriolanus banished forever.
Coriolanus' constant mind in adversity.
The force of anger.
Tullus Aufidius, a great person among the Volsces.
It is a thing full hard, man's anger to withstand,And so did he. For he disguised himself in such array and attire, as he thought no man could ever have known him for the person he was, seeing him in that apparel he had upon his back: and as Homer said of Ulysses:
If it be stiffly bent to take an enterprise in hand.
For then most men will have the thing that they desire,
Although it cost their lives therefore, such force hath wicked ire.
So did he enter into the enemies' town.
Coriolanus disguised goes to Antium, a city of the Volsces.
Coriolanus' oration to Tullus Aufidius.
Great Dissension at Rome about Martius' banishment.
The Romans' manner of punishing their slaves.
Whereaof Furcifer came.
A ceremony instituted by king Numa touching religion.
The superstition of the Romans.
The Romans gave the Volsces occasion of was.
Martius Coriolanus' crafty accusation of the Volsces.
Coriolanus chosen general of the Volsces with Tullus Aufidius against the Romans.
Coriolanus invadeth the territories of the Romans.
A fine device to make the commonalty suspect the nobility.
Great heart-burning betwixt the nobility and the people.
Lavinium built by Aeneas.
Romans send ambassadors to Coriolanus to treat of peace.
The first occasion of the Volsces' envy to Coriolanus.
Another ambassade sent to Coriolanus.
The priests and soothsayers sent to Coriolanus.
The goddess Pallas she, with her fair glistering eyes,And in another place:
Did put into his mind such thoughts, and made him so devise.
But sure some god hath tane 269 out of the people's mindAnd in another place:
Both wit and understanding eke, and have therewith assigned
Some other simple spirit, instead thereof to bide,
That so they might their doings all, for lack of wit, misguide.
The people of themselves did either it consider,Many reckon not of Homer, as referring matters unpossible 270, and fables of no likelihood or troth, unto man's reason, freewill, or judgment, which indeed is not his meaning. But things true and likely, he maketh to depend of our own freewill and reason. For he oft speaketh these words:
Or else some god instructed them, and so they join'd together.
I have thought it in my noble heart.And in another place:
Achilles angry was, and sorry for to hearAnd in another place:
Him so to say, his heavy breast was fraught with pensive fear.
Bellerophon (she) could not move with her fair tongue,But in wondrous and extraordinary things, which are done by secret inspirations and motions, he cloth not say that God taketh away from man his choice and freedom of will, but that he cloth move it: neither that he cloth work desire in us, but objecteth 271 to our minds certain imaginations whereby we are led to desire, and thereby cloth not make this our action forced, but openeth the way to our will, and addeth thereto courage and hope of success. For either we must say, that the gods meddle not with the causes and beginnings of our actions: or else what other means have they to help and further men? It is apparent that they handle not our bodies, nor move not our feet and hands, when there is occasion to use them: but that part of our mind from which these motions proceed, is induced thereto, or carried away by such objects and reasons, as God offereth unto it. 19. Now the Roman ladies and gentlewomen did visit all the temples and gods of the same, to make their prayers unto them: but the greatest ladies (and more part of them) were continually about the a]tar of Jupiter Capitolin, among which troup 272 by name, was Valeria, Publicola's own sister; the selfsame Publicola, who did such notable service to the Romans,
So honest and so virtuous he was, the rest among.
Valeria Publicola's sister.
Volumnia, Martius' mother.
The words of Valeria unto Volumnia and Virgilia.
The answer of Volumnia to the Roman ladies.
The oration of Volumnia unto her son Coriolanus.
Coriolanus' compassion of his mother.
Coriolanus withdraweth his army from Rome.
The temple of Fortune built for the women.
The image of Fortune spake to the ladies at Romen.
Of the omnipotency of God.
Tullus Aufidius seeketh to kill Coriolanus.
Coriolanus murdered in the city of Antium.
The time of mourning appointed by Numa.
Tullus Aufidius slain in battle.