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Coriolanus Allusions & Cultural References
When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.
Major Literary Sources
- Sir Thomas North's translation of Plutarch's Lives of the Greeks and Romans, 1579.
- William Camden's Remains, 1605.
Shout-Outs to Elizabethan Politics and Culture
- English Food Riots of 1607 (1.1.15-26)
- Fires built on the frozen River Thames in January 1608 (1.1.173)
Literary and Philosophical References
- Penelope from Homer's Odyssey (1.3.82)
- Cato the Censor, ancient Roman moralist (1.4.57)
- Galen, ancient Greek physician (2.1.117)
- King Tarquin, ancient Roman king (2.2.88)
- Hecuba, Queen of Troy (1.3.40)
- Hector, Hecuba's son (1.3.40)