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Timon of Athens Characters

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

He best loves war, but he is a true friend of Timon’s and a generous man. He attempts to save the life of one of his soldiers who in a temper killed another man, but is unsuccessful before the Senate of old, unyielding men. He is angered that they will not take his past services into account when he pleads with them, and rashly suggests that they are growing forgetful, leaving him exiled. He then rejoins his army, intent on conquering Athens in revenge. He is extremely proud and looks down on the senators as a pack of usurers. Horrified at how hard Timon has fallen, he attempts to help him, but is rebuffed. He uses Timon’s name as an excuse in his propaganda, and hopes to bring him onto his side just as the senators hope to, but his messenger arrives too late. He is threatening enough that the senators crumble and simply hand Athens over to him without fighting, and then magnanimous, as they were not. Alcibiades has a very simple view of the world, and within that view is an upright and decent man, is somewhat reckless.

 

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