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Troilus and Cressida: List of Characters

List of Characters

1The Prologue
Helen, Menelaus's wife, now living with the Trojan Paris

The Trojans

Priam, King of Troy

Priam's Sons
5Hector, Priam's oldest son; major Trojan warrior
Paris, the abductor of Helen
Deiphobus, a minor lord, meant to swell a scene or two
Helenus, a warrior priest
Troilus, lover of Cressida
10Margarelon, Priam's bastard son

Trojan Commanders

Aeneas, Trojan warrior and herald
Antenor, captured Trojan warrior, exchanged for Cressida

Trojan Women

Cassandra, Priam's daughter, opposed to the war; damned by Apollo to clearly see the future, but whose forecasts are never to be believed
Andromache, Hector's wife
15Cressida, Calchas's daughter, beloved of Troilus; Pandarus' niece

Trojan Men

Calchas, a clairvoyant Trojan priest who has deserted his city and his daughter, and now advises the Greeks
Pandarus, Cressida's uncle
Alexander, Cressida's servant
A boy, Troilus's servant
20Paris's servant
Trojan soldiers, retainers, attendants

The Greeks

Agamemnon, General Commander of the Greeks, King of Argos, Menealus' brother
Menelaus, King of Sparta, Helen's forsaken husband
Achilles, famous hero of the Iliad; commander of the Myrmidons
25Patroclus, Achilles' ingle, a catamite
Ajax, considers himself the equal of Achilles
Ulysses, a machiavellian schemer, not big on hand to hand combat
Nestor, an old and venerable advisor to the Greeks, Ulysses' sidekick
Diomed, a lecherous Greek warrior, also called Diomedes
30Thersites, satirical rogue, a jester or fool to both Achilles and Ajax
Greek soldiers, retainers, attendants