William Shakespeare

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Ghost of Sicilius Leonatus Character Analysis

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Father of Posthumus. Sicilius Leonatus had an honorable reputation. He fought with Cassibelan (Cymbeline’s uncle) against the Romans and gained the name “Leonatus”—meaning “lion-like”—for his valor in battle. Besides Posthumus, he had two other sons who died in battle. Sicilius Leonatus’ war buddy Philario remembers him so fondly that he takes in the banished Posthumus as a way to honor Sicilius’ memory. In Posthumus’ dream vision, the Ghost of Siciulius Leonatus visits him, saying that Posthumus is a worthy heir, but chiding him for the wager with Iachimo. He pleads with Jupiter to be kind to Posthumus.

Ghost of Sicilius Leonatus Quotes in Cymbeline

The Cymbeline quotes below are all either spoken by Ghost of Sicilius Leonatus or refer to Ghost of Sicilius Leonatus. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon & Schuster edition of Cymbeline published in 2003.
Act 5, Scene 4 Quotes

No more, you petty spirits of region low,
Offend our hearing; hush! How dare you ghosts
Accuse the thunderer, whose bolt, you know,
Sky-planted batters all rebelling coasts?
Poor shadows of Elysium, hence, and rest
Upon your never-withering banks of flowers:
Be not with mortal accidents opprest;
No care of yours it is; you know ‘tis ours.
Whom best I love I cross; to make my gift,
The more delay’d, delighted. Be content;
Your low-laid son our godhead will uplift:
His comforts thrive, his trials well are spent.
Our Jovial star reign’d at his birth, and in
Our temple was he married. Rise, and fade.
He shall be lord of lady Imogen,
And happier much by his affliction made.
This tablet lay upon his breast, wherein
Our pleasure his full fortune doth confine:
and so, away: no further with your din
Express impatience, lest you stir up mine.
Mount, eagle, to my palace crystalline.

Related Symbols: Eagles
Page Number: 5.4.Lines 96-116
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Ghost of Sicilius Leonatus Character Timeline in Cymbeline

The timeline below shows where the character Ghost of Sicilius Leonatus appears in Cymbeline. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 1
Gender Roles Theme Icon
Nobility Theme Icon
...The gentlemen then discuss Posthumus’s past: he is the son of a valiant soldier named Sicilius Leonatus, but was orphaned when both of his older brothers died in war, his father... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 4
Nobility Theme Icon
...Philario why he’s planning to host Posthumus. Philario explains that he fought alongside Posthumus’ father Sicilius Leonatus, and that Sicilius saved his life several times. Philario sees Posthumus coming and he... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 4
Forgiveness and Reconciliation Theme Icon
...dream, Posthumus has a vision. Accompanied by a sad song, the ghost of Posthumus’ father, Sicilius Leonatus, enters onstage in his warrior’s attire. He leads the ghost of Posthumus’ mother by... (full context)
The Gods and Fate Theme Icon
Sicilius Leonatus calls on Jupiter. He asks the god to stop punishing lowly mortals, and instead... (full context)
The Gods and Fate Theme Icon
...into a hostile world: vulnerable to enemies, crying, and pitiful. Despite the boy’s precarious beginning, Sicilius declares that nature molded Posthumus into a handsome man, like his ancestors, so much so... (full context)
Morality and Loyalty Theme Icon
Nobility Theme Icon
Sicilius turns the criticism from others to Posthumus himself. He asks Posthumus why he would allow... (full context)
The Gods and Fate Theme Icon
Sicilius echoes his son, asking Jupiter not to punish the brave Britons. Posthumus’ mother implores the... (full context)
The Gods and Fate Theme Icon
Sicilius marvels at Jupiter’s ascent on an eagle that almost threatened to kick them. He interprets... (full context)