Study Guide

Cymbeline, King of Britain Characters

By William Shakespeare

Imogen

This British princess is just about as perfect as they come: she's wise, beautiful, resourceful,...

Cymbeline

Once a wise and graceful king, Cymbeline seems to be a kind-hearted guy led astray by an evil...

Posthumus

Posthumus isn't your average knight in shining armor. He was taken in and raised by Cymbeline as...

Cloten

The Queen's got high hopes for her son Cloten: she wants him to marry Imogen and inherit...

Pisanio

Pisanio plays musical chairs when it comes to whose servant he is. He's technically Posthumus's...

Iachimo

Cunning, clever, and dishonest, Iachimo is a force to be reckoned with. He easily finds...

Arviragus and Guiderius

Kidnapped at birth and raised by a man claiming to be their father, Arviragus and Guiderius...

Belarius

Belarius, a.k.a. Morgan, is not a particularly good guy, but he's not a particularly bad one,...

The Queen

Beautiful, deceitful, and manipulative, the Queen will stop at nothing to see her son become...

Cornelius

Is there a doctor in the house? Well, there's Cornelius, but he's not necessarily going to give...

Gaolers

These jailers might only appear in one scene, but they provide some much-needed comic relief....

Jupiter

Jupiter, or Zeus as his Greek pals call him, is the most powerful guy on Mount Olympus: he's the...

Lucius

We might expect Lucius to be dragged through the mud by the British characters—he's the...

Philario

This Roman does Posthumus a solid honor by letting him stay at his pad while he's in Rome. It...

Posthumus's Family of Ghosts: Sicilius Leontus, Mother, Leonati Brothers

Being dead never stopped Posthumus's family: these trusty ghosts show up to save the day when...