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  • Title: Troilus and Cressida: List of Characters
  • Author: William Godshalk
  • ISBN: 1-55058-301-8

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    Author: William Godshalk
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    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