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Volscians

(vŏl`shəns) or

Volsci

(vŏl`sī), people of ancient Italy. They occupied the country SE of the Alban Hills. They were early opponents of the Romans and Latins. The story of CoriolanusCoriolanus
(Gnaeus Marcius Coriolanus) , Roman patrician. He is said to have derived his name from the capture of the Volscian city Corioli. According to legend he was expelled from Rome because he demanded the abolition of the people's tribunate in return for distributing state
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, a Roman who led the Volscians against Rome, only to turn back at the last minute and be put to death by the Volscians, is probably more legend than truth. Warfare apparently continued from the 6th cent. B.C. until the 4th cent. B.C., when the Volscians were conquered and Romanized.

Volscians

 

one of the ancient tribes of central Italy, probably related to the Umbrians. In the fifth and fourth centuries B.C. they carried on a stubborn battle against Rome; in 338 B.C. they were subdued by the Romans.

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In the literary record of the events following the successful confrontation of Coriolanus and the Volsci in 488, when Roman matronae requested permission from the Senate to establish a temple to Fortuna Muliebris, the compromise reached reflects a scenario' in which women had earned sufficient respect to entitle them to negotiate with Roman civic power on a religious issue.
I can hear the loud, collective gasp as Olivier, in the assassination scene, pitched himself from a 15-foot high platform, and, caught by the ankles by two of the Volsci, was left dangling, upside down, facing the audience with blood dripping from his fingertips.
Close-cropped, in faded black Smock coats of canvas, socks Calf-high; and I can see The light of bare white flesh Behind your naked knees - Your fingers lock in the mesh Of the wire fence, you stare Down at the Via dei Volsci.