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The Frogs | Characters

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Character Description
Dionysus Dionysus is the god of wine, theater, and fertility. He is also the main character in The Frogs. Read More
Xanthias Xanthias is Dionysus's wise-cracking slave. Read More
Aeschylus One of the great tragic poets of ancient Greece, Aeschylus undertakes a verbal duel with Euripides in the Underworld.
Aeacus Aeacus is the janitor or doorman who lets Dionysus and Xanthias into Hades. He is also the one who whips Dionysus and Xanthias to learn whether they are gods.
Charon Charon is the ferryman who ferries Dionysus and the dead from the land of the living to Hades.
Chorus The Chorus plays the role of the singing Frogs and the Initiates of Iacchus (Dionysus), as well as other roles.
Chorus Leader The Chorus Leader speaks during the Parabasis, delivering the main message in the play.
Corpse This tiny role involves just a few lines in which the recently dead corpse refuses Dionysus's paltry pay to act as a bag carrier in the Underworld.
Euripides Like Aeschylus, Euripides was a real Greek playwright. He debates Aeschylus and loses.
Extras Extras in The Frogs have a variety of roles including acting as recently dead rowers aboard Charon's boat.
Hercules Hercules is a well-known mythological character. He interacts with Dionysus and Xanthias and provides directions to Hades.
Pandokeutria A female innkeeper who chastises Dionysus when he is dressed as Hercules, for eating all of her food and not paying the bill last time Hercules was in Hades.
Plathane The other female innkeeper who chastises Dionysus when he is dressed as Hercules, for eating all of her food and not paying the bill last time Hercules was in Hades.
Pluto Ruler of the Underworld, Pluto is also the husband of Persephone.
Servant 1 Mistaking Xanthias for Hercules, servant 1 invites him to a fabulous feast with beautiful maidens.
Servant 2 Servant 2 meets Xanthias at Pluto's abode in Hades and explains the poetry contest and rivalry between Euripides and Aeschylus to him.
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