Coriolanus Part Two

Act II, Scene 2Two officers discuss the upcoming elections for consul. Coriolanus is sure to be one up for nomination. He is, of course, the one they discuss. He’s proud and clearly hates the common people, but at least he’s honest about it. Plus, he’s fought valiantly for Rome. He will probably get the consulship.... Continue Reading →

Coriolanus Part One

Act I, Scene 1The plebeians are hungry. Grain (referred to as corn) costs too much and they blame the patricians (leaders), especially Caius Marcius. They have decided to revolt and hopefully kill Marcius. Their reasoning being: if they kill Marcius, they can have grain at whatever price they want. One citizen mentions that Caius Marcius... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Tyrant by Stephen Greenblatt

“Why would anyone, he asked himself, be drawn to a leader manifestly unsuited to govern, someone dangerously impulsive or viciously conniving or indifferent to the truth? Why, in some circumstances, does evidence of mendacity, crudeness, or cruelty serve not as a fatal disadvantage, but as an allure, attracting ardent followers? Why do otherwise proud and... Continue Reading →

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