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Analysis

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

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)

Historical References

  • Cato the Censor, ancient Roman moralist (1.4.57)
  • Galen, ancient Greek physician (2.1.117)
  • King Tarquin, ancient Roman king (2.2.88)

Mythological References

  • Hecuba, Queen of Troy (1.3.40)
  • Hector, Hecuba's son (1.3.40)
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