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Characters: Timon of Athens

 

TIMON OF ATHENS, a noble who is excessive and immoderate in everything, passes from his lavish liberality and belief in the virtue of all mankind to excessive distrust and hatred when his supposed friends abandon him in his time of need. He dies at the end of the play, friendless and a complete misanthrope.
LUCIUS, a flattering lord, who feeds on Timon’s bounty but denies him in his need.
LUCULLUS, another flattering lord.
SEMPRONIUS, another flattering lord.
VENTIDIUS, another of Timon’s false friends.
ALCIBIADES, an Athenian captain, also suffers from the ingratitude of mankind, and thus swears vengeance on Athens. However, he is able to eventually make his peace with the state and with mankind, something Timon never accomplishes, or desires.
APEMANTUS, a churlish philospher, is at first a foil to Timon and later the shallow, cynical parallel to his deeper anger and hatred.
FLAVIUS, the true and honest steward of Timon, remained faithful after Timon’s false friends had deserted him. He visits Timon in his exile, and Timon rewards his faithfulness with gold, even though Flavius had not come seeking it.
POET, a beneficiary of Timon’s largesse
PAINTER, another beneficiary of Timon’s largesse
JEWELER, another beneficiary of Timon’s largesse
MERCHANT, another beneficiary of Timon’s largesse
FLAMINIUS, a servant to Timon
LUCILIUS, another servant to Timon
SERVILIUS, another servant to Timon
CAPHIS, a servant to one of Timon’s thankless creditors
PHILOTUS, another servant to one of Timon’s thankless creditors
TITUS, another servant to one of Timon’s thankless creditors
HORTENSIUS, another servant to one of Timon’s thankless creditors
PHRYNIA, a mistress of Alcibiades, is a prostitute who comes with Alcibiades to visit Timon in his cave.
TIMANDRA, a mistress of Alcibiades, is a prostitute who comes with Alcibiades to visit Timon in his cave.

 

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