Characters Discussed

(Great Characters in Literature)

Zadig

Zadig (zah-DEEG), a wealthy young man. Educated and sensible, he rises to the position of prime minister of Babylon, only to be forced to flee after his supposed affair with Queen Astarte. Enslaved by the Egyptians, he serves Setoc and then King Nabussan. Finally, he finds Astarte and rescues her from Ogul. In a tournament of wits and arms, he wins Astarte as his bride. He rules Babylon justly and compassionately.

Astarte

Astarte (ah-stahr-TAY), the queen of Babylon. After Zadig flees, she also escapes, with Cador’s aid. She is captured by the prince of Hyrcania, escapes from him, is captured by Arbogad, and is sold to Ogul. Zadig rescues her and then wins her hand.

Moabdar

Moabdar (moh-ahb-DAHR), the king of Babylon. Suspicious that Zadig and Astarte are lovers, he forces Zadig to flee. When Astarte also escapes, he marries Missouf. Later, he goes mad and is killed in a revolt.

Cador

Cador (kah-DOHR), Zadig’s best friend, who helps Astarte escape.

Jesrad

Jesrad (zhehs-RAHD), an angel who helps Zadig.

Itobad

Itobad (ee-toh-BAHD), an evil lord, Zadig’s rival for Astarte’s hand.

Semire

Semire (say-MEER), Zadig’s first betrothed. He loses an eye while rescuing her from kidnappers. She then refuses to marry a one-eyed man.

Hermes

Hermes (ehr-MEHS), the doctor who predicts that Zadig’s eye cannot heal.

Orcan

Orcan (ohr-KAH[N]), the noble who marries Semire.

Azora

Azora (ah-zoh-RAH), Zadig’s first wife, who becomes too difficult to live with.

Arimaze

Arimaze (ah-ree-MAHZ), called The Envious, Zadig’s enemy.

Missouf

Missouf (mee-SEWF), an Egyptian woman whose lover is killed by Zadig. She marries King Moabdar.

Setoc

Setoc (say-TOHK), Zadig’s Arabian master.

Almona

Almona (ahl-moh-NAH), a widow, later Setoc’s wife.

Nabussan

Nabussan (nah-bews-SA[N]), the king of Serendib, who has only one faithful wife out of one hundred.

Arbogad

Arbogad (ahr-boh-GAHD), a happy brigand who sells Astarte to Ogul.

Ogul

Ogul (oh-GEWL), a voluptuary cured by Zadig.