William Shakespeare

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Coriolanus: Act 1, Scene 7 Summary & Analysis

Read our modern English translation of this scene.
Before the gates of Corioles, Lartius orders Roman soldiers to take up guard posts. If needed, these soldiers should come to aid the rest of the army, since a loss in the battle field will mean the loss of the city. A lieutenant agrees to obey the orders, and Lartius orders the new guards to shut the gate, and then he heads to the Roman camp.
This quick scene is simple military explanation, showing that (thanks to Caius Martius) Rome is now in control of the city of Corioles.
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