Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music

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Coriolanus
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(Gnaeus/Gaius Marcius Coriolanus; Greek Κοριολανός/Kopiolanós)

A. Historical dimension

The unyielding Roman patrician Gnaeus or Gaius Marcius acquired the byname C. in 493 BC as a young man for his military successes in the siege and conquest of the city of Corioli (Liv. 2,33,5) [05.]. In 491, he was banished from Rome for attempting to exploit a famine for political gain against the plebs and people's tribune on behalf of the senatorial aristocracy by making the distribution of grain to the people dependent on the abolition of the tribune's office. He the…

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Berensmeyer, Ingo, “Coriolanus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2016). Original German-language edition: Historische Gestalten der Antike: Rezeption in Literatur, Kunst und Musik. Herausgegeben von Peter von Möllendorf, Annette Simonis und Linda Simonis. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2013). Consulted online on 14 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps7_SIM_004608>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160217



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