He is given the honorific name "Coriolanus" after he conquers the Volscian
city Corioles in a single-handed attack.
Aufidius addresses his late ally as Caius Martius in the last lines of the play (and the film) to remind the present Volscians
of the heinous role he had in the death of the people of Corioles and urges them to murder him immediately.
(8.) "Camilla virgo volscor regina in battaglia excessi el foeminil modo ma pur vincendo venus e cupido e vergine stando acquistai piu lodo." ("Camilla, virgin queen of the Volscians
, exceeded the ways of women in battle but acquired more praise through vanquishing Venus and Cupid and remaining virginal" trans, by Franklin).
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.
Spitting out Shakespeare's speeches and soliloquys with visceral relish, Fiennes elaborates Martius' primordial code: he lives to kill and the man he most yearns to kill is his loathed enemy, Volscian
leader Tullus Aufidius (Butler).
unaccomplished gesture of kindness toward the nameless Volscian
Coriolanus "works with London perceptions of Anglo-Scottish difference in the polarity that it establishes between the fractious, politically complex world of Rome and the more archaic, aristocratic, and militaristic milieu of the Volscians
The news of the Volscians
' advance upon Rome came via cell phone messages, and the sense of panic in Menenius and Cominius caused by news of Coriolanus's league with Aufidius heralded Williamson's brilliant conclusion to the play.
Beginning the play as Caius Martius, arrogant son of Volumnia, he earns the name Coriolanus after leading the Roman army to victory over the Volscians
He finds employment there, leading the Volscians
, whom he recently humbled in the corpse-littered streets of their city, to the very walls of his own.
With the exception, centuries before, of the treason of Coriolanus and his defection to Rome's sworn enemies, the Volscians
, Rome had always managed to solve her internal disputes without resort to violence or betrayal.
He's suitably bloodthirsty as needed (in Kent's boldly drawn conception, Fiennes looks spookily like Carrie at the prom during the Romans' initial battles with the Volscians
), but there is a vivid, quixotic nobility in this warrior's pride, and his disdain for public approbation seems to stem from an authentic sensitivity rather than simple churlishness.