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THIS play I conjecture to have been written in the year 1610. See An Attempt to ascertain the Order of Shakspeare's Plays, vol. ii.
It comprehends a period of about four years, commencing with the secession to the Mons Sacer in the year of Rome, 262, and ending with the death of Coriolanus, A. U. C. 266. MALONE.
The whole history is exactly followed, and many of the principal speeches exactly copied, from the Life of Coriolanus in Plutarch. POPE.
CAIUS MARCIUS CORIOLANUs, a noble Roman.
Generals against the Volscians.
MENENIUS AGRIPPA, Friend to Coriolanus.
YOUNG MARCIUS, Son to Coriolanus.
A Roman Herald.
TULLUS AUFIDIUS, General of the Volscians.
Tribunes of the People.
Lieutenant to Aufidius.
A Citizen of Antium.
VOLUMNIA, Mother to Coriolanus.
VALERIA, Friend to Virgilia.
Roman and Volscian Senators, Patricians, Ædiles, Lictors, Soldiers, Citizens, Messengers, Servants to Aufidius, and other Attendants.
SCENE, partly in Rome; and partly in the Territories of the Volscians and Antiates.