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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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The story alternates between the streets of "A place calling itself Rome" and Tullus Aufidius's headquarters in Antium, an underground bunker in which the Volscian leader harbours his vindictive and bitter resentment against his old rival.
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.
In a nice touch of verisimilitude, Rome's enemies, the Volscians, are equipped with Kalashnikovs.
Egging the Volscian conspirators on, Coriolanus welcomes death:
Bougere bristles with energy and shows real spirit as Volscian general Aufidius, and Jonathan Fried provides muchneeded authority (and impeccable diction) as articulate patrician Menenius Agrippa.
Paradoxically, when Coriolanus is killed by his own Volscian followers, the resistance of the Plebeians almost immediately fades away.
amidst strife between the social classes, Coriolanus not only sought refuge among a people hostile to his homeland but even led a Volscian army to the walls of Rome in order to exact vengeance.
ii a Roman elder arrives at the entrance to the Volscian camp as his city's ambassador to its avenging son.
The Volscian watchman tells Menenius that the banishment of Coriolanus was 'a violent popular ignorance'.
Half the coins were in three hoards near the surface, two of oblotes from Marseilles and one of silver drachmae from a Volscian settlement near Toulouse.
The two men, Roman and Volscian, seek one another out for combat with extraordinary persistency, and when they meet they show as much fertility in choosing intense bodily images for their hatred as lovers might for their attraction.