Study Guide

Coriolanus Characters

By William Shakespeare

Caius Martius Coriolanus

"Caius Martius Coriolanus." Just reading that makes our carpal tunnel flare up. So, before we go...

Volumnia

To Coriolanus, she's "dearest mother." To the rest of us? More like mommy dearest. #1 MomThere's...

Roman Citizens (a.k.a. Plebs or Plebeians)

When the play opens, the Roman citizens—also called the plebs or plebeians—are...

Tullus Aufidius

Aufidius is a big, bad Volscian general, which automatically makes him Coriolanus' arch enemy....

Menenius Agrippa

Menenius is Coriolanus' friend, father figure, campaign manager, and spin doctor—which...

Young Martius

You remember this kid, right? The son of Coriolanus, Young Martius tortures butterflies for...

Virgilia

Virgilia is Coriolanus' oh-so-loving spouse. Unlike her blood-thirsty mother-in-law, Virgilia...

Valeria

Valeria is Virgilia's bestie, and, like any good best friend, she shows up Virgilia's place while...

Titus Lartius

Titus Lartius may be an important Roman general, but Shakespeare doesn't seem super interested in...

Cominius

Cominius is one of Coriolanus' pals. Like a lot of the patricians, he's an important politician...

Sicinius Velutus and Junius Brutus

Sicinius and Brutus are two scheming tribunes elected by the plebeians. After the plebs agree to...