Timon of Athens | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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Timeline of Events

  • Circa 415 BCE

    Artists and artisans present Timon with their works, expecting generous rewards.

    Act 1, Scene 1
  • That day

    Timon performs acts of generosity for a friend and for a servant.

    Act 1, Scene 1
  • Later that day

    Timon hosts Alcibiades and others at an extravagant banquet.

    Act 1, Scene 2
  • Soon after

    Timon's creditors realize he is running up huge debts.

    Act 2, Scene 1
  • Immediately

    Creditors send their servants to Timon's house to collect payment.

    Act 2, Scene 1
  • Meanwhile

    Timon panics and decides to ask his friends for money.

    Act 2, Scene 2
  • Within hours

    Timon's "friends" have all failed—or refused—to help him.

    Act 3, Scene 1
  • Soon after

    Mobbed by creditors, Timon plans a final banquet.

    Act 3, Scene 4
  • Meanwhile

    Alcibiades is banished from Athens by overreaching senators.

    Act 3, Scene 5
  • Within a day or so

    At the banquet Timon "feasts" his former friends on water and stones.

    Act 3, Scene 6
  • Soon after

    Timon leaves Athens to live in the woods as a hermit.

    Act 4, Scene 1
  • Meanwhile

    The loyal Flavius seeks out Timon to offer aid and comfort.

    Act 4, Scene 2
  • Soon after

    Digging for roots to eat, Timon finds gold.

    Act 4, Scene 3
  • Soon after

    Encouraging destruction, Timon gives gold to soldiers, concubines, and bandits.

    Act 4, Scene 3
  • Within days

    Having heard of Timon's gold, the poet and painter again seek him out, hoping for rewards.

    Act 5, Scene 1
  • Soon after

    The Athenian senate seeks Timon's help in defending the city.

    Act 5, Scene 1
  • Within days

    Having written his epitaph, Timon digs his own grave and dies offstage.

    Act 5, Scene 3
  • Soon after

    With his army Alcibiades arrives at Athens, seeking revenge.

    Act 5, Scene 4
  • Soon after

    Moved by Timon's epitaph, Alcibiades reconsiders his destructive plan.

    Act 5, Scene 4
  • Immediately

    Alcibiades enters Athens with intentions to make peace.

    Act 5, Scene 4

Scene Summaries Chart

Scene Summary
Act 1, Scene 1 A poet, a painter, a merchant, and a jeweler have gathered at the home of Timon, an Athenian aristocrat. They wish to pa... Read More
Act 1, Scene 2 The banquet at Timon's home is a lavish affair, with sumptuous food and loud music. Timon and the Athenian lords—Lucius,... Read More
Act 2, Scene 1 At his home in Athens, a senator is anxiously piecing together the true extent of Timon's debts. He realizes Timon owes ... Read More
Act 2, Scene 2 Meanwhile, at Timon's house, Flavius the steward is panicking about his lord's reckless spending. Caphis arrives with th... Read More
Act 3, Scene 1 Flaminius, one of Timon's servants, pays a visit to the home of Lucullus, an Athenian lord. He is greeted first by a fel... Read More
Act 3, Scene 2 In one of Athens's public plazas, the lord Lucius is conversing with three "strangers" (foreigners) about the generous a... Read More
Act 3, Scene 3 Timon's third (unnamed) servant visits the home of Sempronius, another supposed friend. Sempronius complains of being si... Read More
Act 3, Scene 4 Back at Timon's house the servants of his various creditors are converging. Named members of the group include Philotus,... Read More
Act 3, Scene 5 In the Athenian senate chamber, two senators are discussing the fate of an unnamed criminal sentenced to die. The crime,... Read More
Act 3, Scene 6 At a feasting hall in Timon's home, a group of four unnamed Athenians—Timon's so-called friends—arrive and exchange gree... Read More
Act 4, Scene 1 Outside Athens's walls Timon shrieks a curse against the entire city. He voices his wish to see Athens devolve into tota... Read More
Act 4, Scene 2 Back at Timon's house Flavius and three or four other servants are gathered to consider their fate. Now that Timon's fri... Read More
Act 4, Scene 3 In the woods digging for roots to eat, the self-banished Timon finds buried gold instead. He makes a brief speech on gol... Read More
Act 5, Scene 1 The poet and painter from Act 1 have made their way to the woods where Timon lives. Because Timon now is rumored to be "... Read More
Act 5, Scene 2 Before the walls of Athens two other senators (not those from the preceding scene) are speaking with a messenger. They l... Read More
Act 5, Scene 3 Back in Timon's woods, a soldier stumbles upon a roughly constructed gravesite. He reads part of the inscription: "Timon... Read More
Act 5, Scene 4 Alcibiades and his army have made their way to the walls of Athens. He orders his troops to sound a trumpet, signaling h... Read More
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