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Timon of Athens Characters

Timon of Athens

Timon of Athens is a rich man of Athens with absolutely no sense of scale, either in prosperity or in misery. 

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Lucius

Lucius is a lord of Athens, one of Timon’s flattering friends who is only generous to rich people. 

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Lucullus

Lucullus is a lord of Athens, one of Timon’s flattering and not particularly generous friends, though he does send him some hunting hounds when he invites Timon to hunt with him. 

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Sempronius

Sempronius is a lord of Athens, one of Timon’s flattering friends, and a very proud man who considers himself insulted to be asked for help after others instead of first. 

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Ventidius

Ventidius is a friend of Timon’s who tends to live beyond his means, to the extent that he ends up in prison for debt. 

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Alcibiades

Alcibiades is a young Athenian captain, a great soldier who has won many victories for Athens. 

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Apemantus

Apemantus is a professional cynic, a snarling, nasty man who insults everybody he meets without appearing to derive any pleasure from doing so. 

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Flavius

Flavius is Timon’s Steward, and the head of his household, and the man best aware of just how much his master spends. 

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Flaminius

Flaminius is one of Timon’s servants, sent to request fifty talents from Lucullus when Timon’s debts catch up with him. 

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Servilius

Servilius is one of Timon’s servants, sent to request fifty talents from Lucius when Timon’s debts catch up with him. 

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Lucilius

Lucilius is one of Timon’s servants, a younger man who has served his master well for some years now.

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Timon's Servant

Timon's Servant is sent to request fifty talents of Sempronius when Timon’s debts catch up with him.

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Caphis

Caphis is the servant of a Senator who also dabbles in usury and has lent Timon a great deal of money. 

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Philotus

Philotus is the servant of one of Timon’s creditors, sent to recover the debt, though he has little hope of doing so.

Titus

Titus is the servant of one of Timon’s creditors, sent to ask for repayment on that debt. 

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Poet

A Poet is a verse-maker who lives by acquiring the support (and therefore money) of rich men whom he praises in his poems. 

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Painter

A Painter is a starving artist in need of patronage who, along with his fellow crawler the Poet, hopes to get money off Timon by flattering him. 

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Jeweller

A Jeweller [possibly named Titus] is a flattering man who brings Timon a jewel, knowing that the latter will buy it no matter the cost.

Merchant

A Merchant is a flattering man who attends Timon’s feast and is well aware of what Apemantus is like.

Old Athenian

An Old Athenian is a rich, upright, honorable and crusty old man with a healthy respect for his own position in life. 

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Phrynia

Phrynia is one of Alcibiades’s mistresses, accompanying him and his army as he marches on Athens. 

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Timandra

Timandra is one of Alcibiades’s mistresses, accompanying him and his army as he marches on Athens. 

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Cupid

Cupid is one of the Ladies who come to present a masque of the five senses at Timon’s feast, and explains the idea to Timon.

First Stranger

The First Stranger has his ear to the ground and knows what is happening to Timon’s fortunes before some of Timon’s supposed friends do. 

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Second Stranger

The Second Stranger (Hostilius) is shocked that Lucullus has refused to help Timon out, and gossips to Lucius about it. 

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Third Stranger

The Third Stranger is appalled at Lucius’s refusal to help Timon.

Varro's First Servant

Varro's First Servant works for a usurer to whom Timon owes a great deal of money (3,000 crowns), who is sent to recover a sum that’s been due for six weeks. 

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Varro's Second Servant

Varro's Second Servant works for a usurer to whom Timon owes a great deal of money (3,000 crowns), and is sent along with Varro’s First Servant to recover the sum when the latter is unsuccessful in getting the money back on his own. 

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Lucullus’s Servant

Lucullus’s Servant is trusted by his master, but not so much that Lucullus will attempt to offer a bribe in his presence.

First Lady Amazon Masker

First Lady Amazon Masker is one of the Ladies who come to present a masque of the five senses at Timon’s feast, and disclaims his praise.

Lady Amazon Maskers

Lady Amazon Maskers [mute roles] are a group of women who come to present a masque of the five senses at Timon’s feast.

First Lord

The First Lord is an Athenian gentleman, one of Timon’s innumerable bootlickers, who thinks nothing of simply walking off the street to eat at Timon’s table and receiving rich gifts from him with no more repayment than flattery. 

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Second Lord

The Second Lord is an Athenian gentleman, one of Timon’s innumerable bootlickers, who thinks nothing of simply walking off the street to eat at Timon’s table and receiving rich gifts from him with no more repayment than flattery. 

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Third Lord

The Third Lord is one of Timon’s innumerable bootlickers, who refuses to help him out when he is in need and is shocked at Timon’s reaction. 

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Fourth Lord

The Fourth Lord is one of Timon’s innumerable bootlickers, who refuses to help him out when he is in need and is shocked at Timon’s reaction. 

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Messenger from Ventidius

A Messenger from Ventidius comes to beg Timon to pay off the debt when Ventidius is arrested for non-repayment of five talents, a huge sum.

Lucius’s Servant

Lucius’s Servant is sent by his master to recover some money from Timon, and is well aware that the man is essentially bankrupt. 

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First Bandit

The First Bandit does not see why a ruined man should be left any money at all, but insists he is not a thief. 

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Second Bandit

The Second Bandit has heard that Timon has some treasure on him and brings his fellows to find him, but insists that he is not a thief. 

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Third Bandit

The Third Bandit has seen Timon before; like his fellows, he insists that he is not a thief. 

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First Senator

The First Senator is an old man, one of the members of government who refuses to help Timon when he is in need.

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Second Senator

The Second Senator is an old man, one of the members of government who refuses to help Timon when he is in need, and refuses to pay any attention to Alcibiades’s pleas for one of his men’s life. 

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Third Senator

The Third Senator practices usury on the side, and is deeply concerned about how much money Timon spends. 

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Fourth Senator

The Fourth Senator is terrified of the arrival of Alcibiades’s army.

Isidore’s Servant

Isidore’s Servant is the servant of a usurer to whom Timon owes a great deal of money. 

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Messenger

A Messenger informs the Senate of just how bad the situation with Alcibiades’s approaching army is, and also informs them that Alcibiades too is seeking Timon’s support.

Soldier

A Soldier is sent by Alcibiades to find Timon and ask for his support in his attack on Athens, but only finds Timon’s grave. 

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