THE WOUNDS OF CIVIL WAR, or,
MARIUS AND SCILLA
(1588 often urged)
a synoptic, alphabetical character list
Albinovanus is a supporter of Marius who is mentioned in a letter by Cinna to Young Marius, which says that Albinovanus will shortly arrive to visit Young Marius. He is with Young Marius when Marius is discovered near the Numidian mountains, and is the one who tells Marius that their side is now at an advantage and they only need Marius to return to Rome.
Anthony is a consul and supporter of Scilla. He is also famous for his oratory skills. After the opening debate, Anthony tries to persuade Scilla not to attack Rome. Scilla says that he will not listen to him, lest he be swayed by Anthony's persuasive words. After Scilla leaves, Anthony laments the state Rome will be in and blames Fortune. After Scilla has taken Rome, Anthony again tries to sway Scilla, and is partially successful, although Scilla warns that he still thinks of revenge. When the young and old citizens meet to argue the case of Marius or Scilla, Anthony speaks out for the first time for Scilla, arguing that it is better that Scilla continue to rule than that Marius become a tyrant. As a brawl breaks out, thunder rumbles several times and Anthony claims that this is the gods, who are displeased with Rome. In this way, he persuades the citizens to go home rather than fight. When Marius is about to enter Rome, Anthony tells Octavius and Lepidus that the civil war is a punishment for their sins. When Marius does actually enter, Anthony flees. He attempts to remain hidden, but the soldiers sent by Marius find him by following his servant, the drunken Clown. Anthony persuades the three soldiers not to kill him, turning their anger into pity with his words. However, the Captain enters and kills Anthony before he can speak again, only to have Lectorius enter and announce that Marius is dead. The Captain comments that Anthony could have lived if they had foreseen this turn of events.
One of the princes captured by Scilla. When threatened with death, he begs for his life and to be ransomed. It is not clear if Arcathius is killed with the other captives, but this seems likely.
A mute character. One of the princes captured by Scilla. He is killed with the others.
One of the princes captured by Scilla. When threatened with death, he begs for his life and to be ransomed. He is killed.
A "ghost character." Atilius is a friend of Bebius, one of Marius' enemies after he takes Rome. Marius commands his soldiers to seek out Atilius and cut off his head.
Basillus is a tribune and a supporter of Scilla. When Scilla takes Rome, Basillus wishes him happiness, if he is no foe to Romean "if" that angers Scillaalthough Basillus is not punished for it.
A "ghost character." Bebius is one of Marius' enemies after he takes Rome. Marius commands his soldiers to seek out Bebius and cut off his head.
The Captain is loyal to Marius and kills Anthony at his command, reprimanding the First, Second and Third Soldiers who were swayed by Anthony's oratory skills. When Lectorius enters to announce that Marius has died, the Captain comments that if they had known what was about to happen, Anthony would have lived.
Carbo is Marius' general and has been Consul three times. Scilla captures him when the he retakes Rome. Carbo refuses to kneel before Scilla or Pompey, proclaiming himself their equal and that he honors only gods, not men. Scilla has him forcibly thrown down and puts his foot on his neck, but Carbo says that only his body is humbled. When he demands to be executed rather than mocked, Scilla agrees and Carbo is taken away, lamenting that Rome is ruled by a tyrant.
Carinna is a lieutenant to Carbo and is brought before Scilla after Carbo is taken off to be executed. Unlike his general, Carinna begs for mercy and a pardon from Scilla, but he is also taken off to be killed.
A "ghost character." Censorinus is a supporter of Marius who is mentioned in a letter by Cinna to Young Marius, which says that Censorinus will shortly arrive to visit Young Marius.
Cethegus is a supporter of Marius. He is with Young Marius when Cinna sends the message to seek out Marius and march on Rome. When Marius takes Rome, he orders Cethegus and Young Marius to travel to Praeneste to stop Scilla's progress.
Cinna is a consul and a supporter of Marius. During the opening debate, he agrees with the Senate's censure of Scilla and supports Marius. There is no stage direction for him to leave with Marius, but he has no speeches after that, and since he is an open supporter of Marius, it may be assumed he exits with the others. He sends a message to Young Marius stating that he has managed to make those neutral to Scilla revolt against him. The letter also directs Young Marius to seek out his father and march on Rome. He represents and organizes the young citizens, who rally for Marius. There is almost a battle between the two factions when several peals of thunder convince the older faction to break off. Cinna takes the thunder a sign that Jove is on the side of Marius. When Marius takes Rome, Cinna complains that Octavius made Cinna nothing but a figurehead, and asks Marius for justice. Marius responds that he submits to the will of Cinna, as consul, and Cinna immediately has Octavius stabbed to death. After Octavius' body is carried away, Cinna points to the empty consul seat and offers it to Marius, who accepts. Cinna then publicly decrees Scilla and his friends traitors and exiles.
CITIZENS OF ROME
When Scilla once again conquers Rome after the death of Marius and Young Marius, the Citizens unanimously consent to have Scilla as Dictator of Rome.
The Clown is a servant of Anthony, who is hiding from Marius. The Clown is drunk and, while he will not directly tell Marius' soldiers where Anthony is, does not stop them from following him while he sings about how he won't reveal Anthony to them. He ends up pointing out the farmhouse where Anthony is in fact hiding, while claiming that Anthony is not there. When Anthony enters, having become worried at his long absence, the Clown tries to warn him to fly, and then curses wine. Although there is no separate exit for the Clown, he announces that he is leaving, and it seems most likely that he would depart before the scene turns serious and Anthony attempts to save his life through rhetoric that almost succeeds.
An unspecified consul asks why Curtall and Poppey wish to see Scilla.
Cornelia is the wife of Scilla. When she is brought before Marius after he takes Rome, she immediately rails against him, telling him that he is a traitor and will be punished by Scilla. She assumes that Marius means to have her and her daughter Fulvia killed, and asks that they be enclosed in a room for a day or so in order to kill themselves. Marius pretends to agree, but instead of chains, he puts jewels around their necks and tells them that their cell shall be Italy, or even the world. When Cornelia then tries to sway him to be friends with Scilla, Marius responds that he and Scilla will remain foes, but that he will send them to Scilla. After Scilla retakes Rome, gives up his titles and is visited by Genius as a sign that his life is ending, Cornelia enters. When she hears that he is dying she begs him not to go, but in vain. She mourns his passing and declares his ashes will reside in a golden urn.
A "ghost character." Crassus is a "fencer" (gladiator). Granius recalls seeing him beat Spectacus, and make the latter fear death. Granius compares Marius to Crassus, claiming he will beat Scilla.
Curtall is a burgher and a clown figure, who enters with his neighbor Poppey to ask for justice for his daughter Doritie, who has been ruined and possibly impregnated by one of Scilla's soldiers. He cannot believe that Scilla has resigned his post, saying if he were king, he would take full advantage of it.
A "ghost character" or, more accurately a vision that the assassin, Pedro, has after agreeing to kill Marius for forty crowns. When Pedro approaches the sleeping Marius, he has a vision of a devil with flaming eyes and the voice of a bear who asks how he dare attempt to kill Marius. The vision, apparently real to Pedro but not otherwise depicted on the stage, forces Pedro to run away in fear.
A "ghost character." Doritie is the daughter of Curtall and has been ruined by one of Scilla's soldiers. It is not clear if she was seduced or raped, but there is evidence from the speeches of Curtall and Poppey that she is now pregnant. Scilla promises that the soldier will marry her.
When Marius is hiding in the Numidian mountains, he speaks each day to an Echo, and draws strength from her apparent approval of his plans to go to war and retake Rome from Scilla.
Favorinus is one of two magistrates of Minturnum, where Marius has fled after being beaten by Scilla. He worries that his small town cannot harbor a fugitive like Marius. When Pausanius suggests that they kill Marius to ingratiate themselves with Scilla, he calls the act barbarous and dishonorable, but agrees. The two magistrates hire Pedro to do the killing. Favorinus urges Pedro on and, when Pedro hesitates, asks why he delays. When Pedro runs away, Favorinus describes how Marius, in his infancy, was visited by seven eagles, signifying that he would be Consul seven times. Since the gods apparently protect Marius, Favorinus suggests that they free Marius and then asks Marius to leave the town at once.
FIRST PRAENESTIAN CITIZEN
Claims that a glorious death fighting with Young Marius against Lucretius is the fate the Praenestians most desire. When Young Marius kills himself in hopes that Lucretius will spare the women and children of the town, the First Praenestian Citizen also stabs himself, while asking for mercy for the children and wives of the fighters.
The First Soldier is one of the three sent to find and kill Anthony. He is the most practical of the three, directly questioning the Clown as to Anthony's whereabouts, and ordering the others to kill Anthony immediately when he enters. However, he is won over by Anthony's oration, finding himself forced to pity. When the Captain kills Anthony, the First Soldier claims that Anthony contained all the Muses and that the bees that brought honey to Homer's lips also did so for Anthony.
Flaccus is a consul and, generally, a supporter of Scilla. When Marius returns to Rome, Flaccus welcomes him back, calling his return fortunate. When Cornelia insults Marius, Flaccus advises her that it is wise to be humble in her circumstances. However, when Scilla retakes Rome, Flaccus is the one to ask the Citizens if they will accept Scilla and speaks strongly of his virtue and courage. As soon as the Citizens give their consent, Flaccus declares Scilla Dictator. Flaccus is the one who twice questions Scilla's mood as the latter decides whether or not to return to private life, and Flaccus is also the one who actually orders the soldier who disgraced Doritie to be found and made to pay for his lust. He attempts to sway Scilla from his plan to give up the dictatorship, but to no avail. Interestingly, when Scilla dies and Cornelia and Fulvia are weeping, Flaccus breaks in to say that long mourning is tedious, suggesting, perhaps, that Flaccus' loyalty lasted only as long as Scilla's life.
Fulvia is the daughter of Scilla. She is brought to Marius, with her mother Cornelia, after he takes Rome. At first, she complains that instead of marriage she will now face a funeral, but after her mother upbraids her for her weakness, she joins with Cornelia in insulting Marius and preparing herself for death. After Marius makes clear that he has no intention of harming them, Fulvia praises him and claims that Scilla will make peace because of Marius' graciousness, an idea Marius rejects completely. When Scilla is preparing to die, Fulvia focuses on how unlucky his death is for her.
Genius is a spirit or apparition that visits Scilla after he has given up his title as Consul. Genius speaks in Latin, and announces to Scilla that his death is at hand and that he is bound for Elysium. He vanishes suddenly, and it seems that only Scilla could see him.
Granius is a supporter of Marius. In the initial debate over who should be general, Granius calls Marius honorable and wishes him to fight for Rome. He does not leave with Marius or Scilla, but instead stays behind in a conversation with Merula and Anthony. He regrets that ambition drives men to fight for rule, and states that gods and cities both are in thrall to Fortune because of ambition. After Scilla takes Rome, Granius openly supports Marius, and compares Scilla and Marius to two gladiators, Spectacus and Crassus. Granius says that although Spectacus seemed the most powerful fighter in Rome, Crassus subdued him, just as Marius will subdue Scilla. Scilla has soldiers seize Granius and take him away to execution.
The Jailor is Marius' keep after Favorinus and Pausinus imprison his first keeper. The Jailor agrees that he should be killed so that the town of Minturnum can win favor with Scilla. When talking with Marius, the Jailor first says that he would mourn the loss friends, power and wealth, but Marius rejects all of these trifles and says only fame is worthwhile. The Jailor then says that since Marius has lost everything, he should be happy to die, but Marius points out that no man is willing to die. When Marius goes to sleep, the Jailor admits that Marius' noble words have caused him to feel remorse.
Brutus is a magistrate and a supporter of Marius. He first proposes Marius as general to the Senate and tells Scilla that Marius is replacing him. He exits with Marius to show his support.
Only mentioned. Tullius was the sixth king of Rome. Octavius refers to his law that the best and aged men will be the ones to decide on the ruler of Rome, causing the beginnings of a battle between the young and old citizens. When Scilla is first declared Dictator of Rome, Octavius promises the Senate that he will uphold King Tullius' laws.
Lectorius is a supporter of Marius. He argues for Marius in the first debate, claiming he would rather die than see Scilla in charge, and he exits with Marius to show his support. He is with Young Marius when Cinna sends word that Young Marius should find his father and march on Rome. Young Marius asks his advice, and Lectorius suggests they take to the sea. Just before they find Marius, when Young Marius is complaining about his fate, Lectorius reprimands him for not seeing how lucky he is. When Cornelia and Fulvia are verbally attacking Marius, Lecotrius is amazed that Marius endures it. Marius sends him for jewelry to give to Cornelia and Fulvia, to show that he means them no harm. Lectorius enters after the Captain has killed Anthony and announces that Marius has died, and he describes how he was visited by seven eagles and realized it was the day of his death. He also tells the soldiers that Scilla is hastening to enter Rome.
A mute character. Lentulus is given an entrance in V.i, but neither speaks nor is addressed by other characters. In Appian's Roman History, Lentulus is one of the Romans killed by Scilla after Scilla retook Rome.
Lepidus is a consul and an apparent neutral, more concerned with maintaining peace than with which man actually wins. When Scilla takes Rome, Lepidus supports him, agreeing that Scilla shall be the general, but he objects to calling Marius a traitor and stripping him of the title of tribune. Scilla threatens him with death after his mild protest and Lepidus is silent for the rest of the scene. When the young and old citizens confront each other, Lepidus calls Scilla's claims insolent, but is more concerned with diverting the brawl than with taking a side. As Marius approaches, Lepidus tries to rouse Anthony and Octavius to arms, apparently against Marius. However, when Marius actually enters, Lepidus wishes him fame and long life, and defends himself and the other consuls against the accusation that they exiled Marius, claiming that they did not do so. He then creates Marius consul and plans with Marius to keep Scilla out of Rome. When Scilla has retaken Rome, Lepidus is there, and after Scilla has died, Lepidus suggests that he be buried with other nobles, a suggestion that Pompey feels is not exalted enough.
Lucretius is a supporter of Scilla. He speaks for Scilla in the initial debate, pointing out that Scilla has not only fought in many wars for Rome, but has many friends who will help him take Rome. He promises to die with Scilla and leaves with him. In the next scene, there is a stage direction that has Marius chase Lucretius over the stage. When Scilla takes Rome, Lucretius is with him, and cannot believe that any will dare stand against him. When Scilla accuses Cinna and others of plotting against him, Lucretius does not believe it until shown treasonous letters. When Young Marius, after his father's death, makes a stand at Praeneste, Lucretius is in charge of the siege. He appears to pity the defenders and calls a parley hoping to have Young Marius surrender. Young Marius and the soldiers all commit suicide hoping their sacrifice will move Lucretius to spare the town. However, after praising the nobility of the act, Lucretius orders the entire town put to the sword. He then returns to Scilla and tells him how Young Marius died, which causes Scilla to reconsider his desire to be a king.
After Scilla takes Rome, he appoints Lucullus the general of the army. Lucullus says he will accept the charge if the army agrees, which it does.
Marius is one of the two former generals vying for control of Rome. He is present during the initial debate and when it appears that he has been elected, he reminds the Senate that he has been a consul six times and promises that, despite his age, he will continue to serve Rome. When Scilla enters with an army and demands the position of general, Marius promises to fight him and leaves the Senate with his followers. In a stage direction in the next scene, he chases Lucretius over the stage. However, he loses the first battle, and must flee to Minturnum, and asks to stay there. The magistrates of Minturnum are fearful of Scilla, and, despite Marius' attempts to convince them otherwise, they decide to have him killed in order to ingratiate themselves with Scilla. They hire a Frenchman, Pedro, to kill Marius while he is sleeping, but Pedro has a vision and runs off. When Marius wakes, the magistrates ask him to leave. He retreats to the Numidian mountains, where he talks to an Echo, using it to convince himself better times are at hand. He is discovered there by his son, Young Marius, who tells him they are ready to march on Rome. Marius takes Rome, and most of Scilla's followers flee or change sides. When Cornelia and Fulvia, the wife and daughter of Scilla, are found and brought to him, he gives them jewelry and lets them go free, despite their fears that they will be put to death. However, he refuses to consider peace with Scilla, telling them that Scilla is his foe. Marius sends soldiers to find and kill Anthony, and immediately after the Captain has done so, Lectorius enters, announcing that Marius has been visited by seven eagles, signifying the end of his life, and that Marius has in fact died.
The Messenger brings the news that Cinna has let Marius into Rome by the Via Appia, and that Marius and his army are on the way to the Senate House.
Merula is a consul and a supporter of Marius. He speaks for Marius in the initial debate and, when Marius and Scilla have left with their followers, Merula points out to Anthony that Rome will be torn apart because those who should protect it are now fighting each other.
After Scilla retakes Rome, he sends Metellus to kill Sertorius of Iberia. Metellus promises to kill him or die himself.
Norbanus is a consul and a supporter of Marius. After Scilla retakes Rome, Norbanus enters to beg for the citizens of Rome, who are being killed by Scilla's soldiers. Scilla responds with amazement that Norbanus would dare approach him after having fought with Marius, and has Norbanus taken off with Carinna to be executed.
A "ghost character." Numitorius is a friend of Bebius and one of Marius' enemies after he takes Rome. Marius commands his soldiers to seek out Numitorius and cut off his head.
Octavius is a consul and a supporter of Scilla. He is mentioned in a letter that Cinna sends to Young Marius, and is described as trying to stir up trouble against Cinna, but to no effect. When the young and old citizens meet to argue, Octavius promises that Marius shall not rule in Rome. He promises that the law of King Tulliusthat the oldest citizens will be the ones to decide the election of leaderswill be maintained. However, when fighting threatens to break out, he is persuaded by Lepidus to obey the gods' desire for peace, and leaves with the old citizens. When Marius is on the verge of entering Rome, Octavius, with Anthony, blames Cinna for allowing a traitor in, but takes courage from the idea that if Fortune will turn on them, they can still chose to die with honor. When Marius enters, Octavius calls him a traitor and insults Young Marius. He then announces he will die before he leaves his consul seat and that he is actually ready for death. He is stabbed by a soldier and carried off.
The Old Citizen speaks for the old men when fighting breaks out in the Senate. It seems likely that the Old Citizen is for Scilla, as a contrast to the Young Citizen, since he responds mockingly to Anthony's claim that the gods are controlling them all, it is also possible that he is a Marius supporter.
Pausanius is one of two magistrates of Minturnum, where Marius retreats after losing to Scilla. Pausanius fears that Scilla will destroy his town because of Marius' presence and he suggests to Favorinus that they kill Marius in order to win favor with Scilla and thus protect their town. Despite Favorinus' objections, they go ahead with the plan and hire Pedro to do the actual killing, and Pausanius offers Pedro forty crowns as payment. When Pedro runs off and Favorinus remembers the tale of Marius being visited by seven eagles when he was an infant, Pausanius suggests that they ask Marius to leave their town, which they do.
Pedro is a Frenchman who is hired by the two magistrates of MinturnumFavorinus and Pausaniusto assassinate Marius in his sleep. Pedro agrees to kill Marius for forty crowns, which, he says, will be more than enough to buy him a pretty girl. When he approaches the sleeping Marius, he has a vision of a devil with flaming eyes and the voice of a bear who asks how he dare attempt to kill Marius. He runs off in fear. Pedro speaks an odd mixture of Franglais that, despite the seriousness of the scene, is apparently intended to amuse.
Pompey is a consul and a strong supporter of Scilla. In the initial debate, he is the first one to speak for Scilla, and he follows Scilla out of the Senate. When Scilla is successful, Pompey celebrates, claiming that Rome must stoop to Scilla and all must advance his cause. When Scilla retakes Rome, Pompey asks Scilla to pardon the repentant citizens, and Scilla promises to do so because he loves Pompey. When Carbo is brought in, Pompey is appalled that he will not kneel to Scilla. Pompey is the one who addresses the citizens and asks them if Scilla should be Dictator. He also announces that the Senate agrees that Scilla should be Dictator. He tries to convince Scilla not to give up his title, claiming it is a sacred duty to protect Rome. When Scilla dies, Pompey insists that simply burying him with other noble lords is not enough, since he was so much greater than other Romans.
Poppey is a burgher and a clown figure, who enters with his neighbor Curtall to ask for justice for Curtall's daughter Doritie, who has been ruined and possibly impregnated by one of Scilla's soldiers. He cannot believe Scilla means to give up his titles, arguing that it is better to be a king than a clown, just as it is better and more natural to love good ale over small beer.
During the battle between Young Marius and Scilla's followers, Young Marius retreats from the fight with some soldiers. One questions why he has left the breach and receives the answer that Young Marius is studying how to die with honor.
A "ghost character." Mentioned by Cinna's Slave as the one who directed him where to find Young Marius.
Scilla (or Sulla in modern spelling) is one of the two former general vying for control of Rome. During the initial debate, he enters with soldiers and announces that he is too proud to follow Marius. He tells the Senators to choose sides, which they do. Anthony tries to persuade Scilla not to go to war, but Scilla will not listen, and leaves with his faction. During a battle, Scilla approaches some soldiers and convinces them that he is their true general, and the soldiers agree to follow him, which leads to Scilla's success. Scilla has Granius killed for refusing to accept his rule, but promises Anthony, who again uses his oratory skills, that he will take no vengeance immediately. However, he does threaten that any traitorous behavior will be punished. He does have many prisoners executed for supporting Marius, and sends Lucullus after Marius. When Scilla retakes Rome, he has Marius' officersCarbo, Norbanus, and Carinnaexecuted and sends Metellus to kill Sertorius of Iberia. He also sends Lucretius to kill Young Marius. When Lucretius returns with news that Young Marius committed suicide, Scilla is moved by the story to wonder why he wishes to be king and live in fear of treachery. He decides to give up his post, and will not be swayed, despite the pleas of both his men and the questions of Poppey and Curtall. Genius enters, telling Scilla that his death is at hand and that he will live in Elysium. Scilla says goodbye to his wife and daughter and dies.
A mute character. Scipio is a supporter of Marius, but Scilla allows him to go free because of their previous friendship.
SECOND PRAENESTIAN CITIZEN
Swears that the Praenestian citizens are resolved to follow Young Marius even into death. When Young Marius kills himself in hopes that Lucretius will spare the women and children of the town, the Second Praenestian Citizen also stabs himself, while asking for mercy for his son.
The Second Soldier is one of the three sent to find and kill Anthony. He questions the Clown about his master and suggests following him to Anthony. When Anthony is discovered, the Second Solider announces that he has been sentenced to death and to prepare himself quickly. When Anthony speaks, however, the Second Solider find that his rage is softened, and after the Captain kills Anthony, he mourns the loss of one who was gifted by the Graces and Apollo.
A "ghost character." The ruler of Iberia and an enemy of Scilla. Scilla, after he regains Rome the second time, sends Metellus to find and kill him.
SLAVE TO CINNA
Cinna's Slave is sent by him to deliver a message to Young Marius. He describes how long he has traveled seeking Young Marius. Directed by a sailor to Young Marius, he delivers his letter that is stored in the top of the javelin he carries.
After the first battle between Marius and Scilla, Scilla approaches several soldiers and asks that they listen to him. The Soldier agrees that they should listen, and, after Scilla is done, is won over by his words and declares that they should all fight to revenge the wrongs done to Scilla.
SOLDIER OF MARIUS
After Marius has taken Rome, a Soldier finds Cornelia and Fulvia and brings them to Marius.
SOLDIERS OF LUCULLUS
When Scilla enters in triumph after taking Rome, he designates Lucullus the general. The Soldiers cheer this appointment.
SOLDIERS OF YOUNG MARIUS
The Soldiers who travel with Young Marius pledge their lives to Marius when he promises to return to Rome.
A "ghost character." Spectacus is a "fencer" (gladiator). Granius recalls seeing Crassus beat Spectacus, and make the latter fear death. Granius compares Marius to Crassus saying he will beat Scilla, but Scilla takes another meaning from the example, claiming that he hopes to die fighting, like Spectacus.
Sulpitius is a tribune and a follower of Marius. He begins the debate over who should be the next General, Scilla or Marius. He claims that Scilla is a murderer and insolent, while Marius is a six time Consul, wise enough for peace or war. He then pronounces Marius General and asks for the consent of the Senate. After a debate which generally supports Marius, Sulpitius again pronounces Marius General, leading to Marius' acceptance speech. When Scilla enters with soldiers, Sulpitius asks his intention, and declares that the Senators have appointed Marius General. When Marius leaves, Sulpitius goes with him as a sign of loyalty.
The Third Soldier is one of the three sent to find and kill Anthony. He is the most amused by the Clown's drunkenness and tries to find out the whereabouts of Anthony by singing along with the Clown and offering him more wine. He is so impressed by Anthony's words that he feels his soul has been drawn out of him by the speech, but he does not verbally mourn Anthony when the Captain kills him.
Tuditanus is one of the Roman Soldiers who, with Lucretius, lays siege to Praeneste and Young Marius. Tuditanus compares the Praenestian soldiers to tigers or lions.
The Young Citizen speaks for the young men in supporting Marius when the first battle breaks out. He promises that they will live and die for Marius.
Young Marius is the son of Marius. After he and Marius are forced out of Rome, he and Cethegus and Lectorius retreat to the Numidian Mountains, where Young Marius complains about his state and his desire to die in battle. They are alerted by a message from Cinna that they should find Marius and march on Rome. Accordingly, they set out in search of Marius. They find Marius in the mountains, but not before Young Marius has again complained about Fate and his losses. Being reunited with his father raises his spirits and makes him eager to march on Rome. When they have entered Rome, Young Marius wants to take immediate vengeance on Octavius and offers to kill him where he sits, but Cinna has a soldier do it instead. Young Marius is then sent by his father to Praeneste to prevent Scilla's approach. After his father's death, Young Marius continues to hold Praeneste, but returns to his moaning, first leaving the battle to complain about Fortune and his losses, and then leading his soldiers in a mass suicide in an attempt (vain, as it turns out) to convince Lucretius to spare the women and children of the town.