Gaius Marcius Coriolanus was possibly a legendary Roman general who lived in the 5th century BC. He received his toponymic title "Coriolanus" because of his exceptional valor in a Roman siege of the Volscian city of Corioli. He was then promoted to a general.
The best-known version of this story is the tragedy by William Shakespeare, which was largely based on the Life of Coriolanus as it was described in Plutarch's 'Lives of the Noble Greeks' and Romans and Livy's 'Ab Urbe condita'.
There is also an unfinished German adaptation by Bertolt Brecht, written sometime between 1951-1953.