Simo (SIH-moh), an aged Athenian. An outspoken, philosophical man, Simo has arranged a marriage between his son Pamphilus and Philumena, the daughter of his friend Chremes. Chremes breaks the engagement when it is discovered that Pamphilus is enamored of Glycerium, the sister of a courtesan. To test his son’s fidelity, Simo goes ahead with preparations for the wedding. Advised of this ruse, Pamphilus pretends to agree to the marriage, but to his distress, Chremes renews the offer of his daughter’s hand. Chremes then discovers that Glycerium has borne Pamphilus’ son and again breaks the engagement. Simo is berating his son for disgracing the family name when Crito, an Andrian, reveals that Glycerium is the long-lost daughter of Chremes. Overjoyed, Simo and Chremes order the marriage of Pamphilus and Glycerium to proceed.
Pamphilus (PAM-fih-luhs), Simo’s agreeable and moderate young son. He has fallen in love with Glycerium, made her pregnant, and promised to marry her. Simo’s abrupt order that he marry Chremes’ daughter leaves Pamphilus facing a dilemma: He must either disobey his father or betray his beloved Glycerium.
Davus (DAH-vuhs), Simo’s servant. Deciding that his love for Pamphilus is stronger than his fear of Simo, Davus, in spite of Simo’s warnings,...
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