Coriolanus, Friends and Politics

Okay while I do realize the average mufucka doesn’t want to learn this post will be pretty dry, but I am confident you will LEARN SUMTHIN’….

My Topic:

My paper was on Coriolanus a play written by William Shakespeare.


Read the summary here:


I analyze a speech made by Tellus Aufidius.  Using Cicero’s (Ancient Rome Scholar) framework from De Amicitia (On Friendship) and De Officiis (Duties and Obligations), I connect sentiments made by Aufidius that exemplify Cicero’s definition of Friendship.  Some of these characteristics I touch on are virtue, flattery and frankness.


Cicero’s De Officiis explains how politics cannot exist without high morality (virtue).  I connect that idea with the traits of friendship and argue Cicero’s perspective of politics cannot exist with some form of friendship.


*Listen people I am not talking about 2013’s definition of friendship, where bitches is sleeping with their friends man or guys are borrowing money from their dude and have no intent of paying them back.  I am talking about a honorable/virtuous relationship.  This means 100% consistentcy not you being a nice guy on Friday and a dickhead on Saturday. This is something most of us have never experienced. Also debatable whether or not it exists. *



I relate my findings from Cicero’s works and claim that Coriolanus and Aufidius could have never had a true political relationship without being virtuous individuals.


Cicero’s perspectives were very enlightening and I realize how full of shit things are now…not to say it was better in the past, but Cicero’s perspectives are interesting to say the least and something to think about