Antiphila (an-TIH-feh-luh), the daughter of Chremes and Sostrata. Given, at birth, to a Corinthian woman, she grows up unknown to her parents. In love with Clinia, she lives with him as his wife. She becomes involved in a plot designed to assist Clitipho in his affair with the prostitute Bacchis, but he is finally persuaded to renounce his mistress. When Antiphila’s identity becomes known, she receives permission to marry Clinia.
Clinia (KLIH-nee-uh), the son of Menedemus. In love with Antiphila but fearing the disapproval of his strict father, he lives with her as her husband. When his father discovers the affair, his harshness drives Clinia to the wars, from which he returns in secret because of his longing for Antiphila. Involved in a plot to aid his friend, Clitipho, in his infatuation for Bacchis, he learns of his father’s regret over his former severity and receives Menedemus’ permission to marry Antiphila.
Menedemus (meh-nuh-DEE-muhs), Clinia’s father. Because of his unjust severity, he drives his son to the wars. Finally, seeing the error of his way, he repents of his harshness and grants permission for Clinia to marry Antiphila.
Clitipho (KLI-tih-foh), the son of Chremes and Sostrata. In love with the courtesan Bacchis, he becomes a party to a plot to deceive his father about the true state of affairs. Finally, when he is found out and threatened with disinheritance, he decides to mend his ways and marry a virtuous woman.
Chremes (KRAY-meez), an old Athenian, the father of Antiphila and Clitipho.
Sostrata (SOH-strah-tuh), his wife, the mother of Antiphila and Clitipho.
Bacchis (BA-kihs), a courtesan loved by Clitipho.
Syrus (SIH-ruhs) and
Dromo (DROH-moh), Clitipho’s servants.