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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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Marcius's principal political enemies, the tribunes Brutus and Sicinius are portrayed as smarmy Labour politicians; his principal martial enemy--Aufidius, commander of the Volscians--is attired as a Che Guevara-esque revolutionary; and Coriolanus himself, when he joins with the Volscians to make war on Rome, affects the skinhead stylings of the lumpen-right.
So far as we can tell, the only benefit he's brought to the Volscians is knowledge of the Roman defenses--the kind of information any high-placed traitor could bring.
In a nice touch of verisimilitude, Rome's enemies, the Volscians, are equipped with Kalashnikovs.
After making peace, he is cut to pieces on returning to the Volscian ranks.
Aufidius: Commander of the Volscian army and sworn enemy of Coriolanus - until they join forces.
Egging the Volscian conspirators on, Coriolanus welcomes death:
119), boomerangs right back at him as the envious Volscian defeats
death by the Volscians are equally predetermined by his unvarying
It is true that the citizens' cowardice in confronting the Volscian invaders shows them as lacking in republican virtue, for a republic encourages its citizens to show active courage in the defense of the nation.
The analogy can be extended to Coriolanus's triumphant return after the defeat of the Volscians, a victory greeted by the entire populace.