Theseus, the Duke of Athens, has recently won a war against the Amazons, and to reward himself for his victory is going to marry their queen Hippolyta, whether she likes it or not.
This is not the first time he has ravished a woman, and he has also at times loved and then abandoned others. Though he is reasonably sympathetic to Hermia’s conundrum, he insists on upholding the law as he knows it rather than making any exceptions. He nevertheless does not fully approve of how Egeus and Demetrius act. He enjoys hunting and has a taste for listening to his hounds bark to the echo. He is not above teasing young folks found sleeping in the wood, and uses his authority against Egeus once Demetrius renounces his claim on Hermia. He is not imaginative, or at least he is enough of a rationalist to disbelieve the truth of strange tales. He has an affection for his more simple subjects and their unpracticed efforts to please him. What happens on the morning of his wedding to Hippolyta can be discovered in The Two Noble Kinsmen.