Pamphila (PAM-fih-luh), Smicrines’ daughter. She is ravished by an unknown, drunken young man who leaves his signet ring at the scene. She later marries her ravisher, Charisius, and bears his child. The baby is left exposed in the hills, along with the signet ring. The baby, found by peasants, is identified by the ring and returned to its rightful parents.
Charisius (kay-RIH-see-uhs), an upright young Athenian. During a drunken revel, he ravishes Pamphila, whom he later marries without remembering her as his victim. Disavowing the child he learned was born to his wife during his absence, he leaves home and spends his substance on the slave girl, Habrotonon. He is reunited with his wife after Habrotonon identifies Pamphila as his companion at the revel of a year before.
Smicrines (SMIH-krih-neez), Pamphila’s father.
Habrotonon (ha-BROH-teh-non), a pretty slave woman who turns out to be Smicrines’ long-lost daughter. As companion of Charisius after he learns that his wife has born a child whom he disclaims, she brings about the reunion of the husband and wife by identifying Pamphila as Charisius’ victim on the night of the revel. She marries Chaerestratus.
Onesimus (oh-NEH-sih-muhs), Charisius’ slave.
Chaerestratus (kee-REHS-treh-tuhs), Charisius’ friend, who marries Habrotonon.
Sophrona (SOH-freh-nuh), Pamphila’s nurse.
Davus (DA-vuhs), a goatherd who discovers Pamphila’s baby in the hills.
Syriscus (sih-RIHS-kuhs), a charcoal burner who adopts Pamphila’s baby.
Carion (KAY-ree-uhn), a vain, prying cook.