Characters in the Play
In Timon of Athens, Lord Timon discovers the limits of wealth and friendship. He spends freely on others and hosts banquets…
Act 1, scene 1
The stage fills with suitors to and admirers of Lord Timon. When he arrives, he spends lavishly in freeing a…
Act 1, scene 2
Timon lavishly entertains friends and suitors with food and drink and a masque of Cupid and Amazons, and displays his…
Act 2, scene 1
A senator, predicting the end of Timon’s days of glory, sends a servant to Timon to collect overdue loans.
Act 2, scene 2
Servants of Timon’s creditors gather and confront Timon, demanding immediate repayment of loans. Learning that he is bankrupt, Timon dispatches…
Act 3, scene 1
Timon’s servant Flaminius approaches Timon’s friend Lucullus for money and is denied.
Act 3, scene 2
Timon’s servant Servilius approaches Timon’s friend Lucius for money and is refused. Three strangers condemn the ingratitude of Timon’s “friends”…
Act 3, scene 3
Timon’s servant approaches Timon’s friend Sempronius for money and is refused.
Act 3, scene 4
The servants of Timon’s creditors gather at his gates. He confronts them in a rage and, after they are gone,…
Act 3, scene 5
Alcibiades pleads in vain before three Athenian senators for the life of one of his soldiers. Frustrated at being denied,…
Act 3, scene 6
Timon’s friends come to dinner again, but this time he serves them only water and stones and drives them away.
Act 4, scene 1
Timon abandons Athens and retires to the woods.
Act 4, scene 2
Flavius shares his remaining money with his fellow servants as they disperse.
Act 4, scene 3
Timon, digging for roots to eat, finds gold. He is visited by Alcibiades and his concubines, to whom he gives…
Act 5, scene 1
Timon is visited by the Poet and the Painter seeking the gold Timon is now rumored to possess. After he…
Act 5, scene 2
Athens learns that it will surely fall to Alcibiades. Its senators seek shelter behind its walls.
Act 5, scene 3
One of Alcibiades’ soldiers discovers Timon’s tomb and, since he cannot read Timon’s epitaph, he resolves to bring a wax…
Act 5, scene 4
A victorious Alcibiades listens to the apologies of the senators and agrees to the conditions they set. Athens then opens…