The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1349 Friday, 30 July 1999.
From: Marti Markus <
Date: Thursday, 29 Jul 1999 15:39:30 +0100
Subject: 10.1341 TIMON OF ATHENS
Comment: Re: SHK 10.1341 TIMON OF ATHENS
> I have found something that is either a glaring error, or I have been
> misreading a scene for the last two months.
> The plot summary I found says that in act 3, scene 5:
> "At the Senate house, the senators decide Timon should die for his
> debts. The captain Alcibiades valiantly plead's for Timon's life, but
> is ignored by the senators. Eventually, they tire of his pleadings and
> banish him from Athens, effective two days hence. Alcibiades decides
> privately to muster his armies and attack Athens."
> The way I read it, Alcibiades is defending a fellow soldier for
> committing murder.
> What say you all?
You are quite right, of course, although there have been attempts to see
Timon as the accused. In 19th century adaptations this scene was
sometimes changed in that direction, e.g. Timon being accused of having
murdered his daughters [sic] fianc