Philario is Posthumus’ host in Rome and a friend of Posthumus’ family, since he was a soldier with Posthumus’ father, Sicilius Leonatus. Philario tries to make Posthumus feel welcome in his new home in exile, and doesn’t expect any payment in return. He introduces Posthumus to his friend Iachimo, which turns disastrous when Iachimo goads Posthumus into making a wager over Imogen’s chastity. While being friends with Iachimo doesn’t reflect well on Philario, Philario does consistently discourage the bet, encouraging Posthumus to trust Imogen.
The timeline below shows where the character Philario appears in Cymbeline. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 1
Act 1, Scene 4
In Rome, Iachimo—a Roman nobleman whose father was Duke of Siena, and a friend of Philario—describes Posthumus to Philario. According to Iachimo, people in Britain expected Posthumus to grow up to... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 4
...King will come around to him, just as he feels sure of Imogen’s staunch fidelity. Philario asks Posthumus how he will repair his relationship with Cymbeline, and Posthumus says that he... (full context)
...outward appearances. He says women’s vows can’t be trusted, as their virtue means nothing. But Philario still clings to hope: he tells Posthumus to take the ring back. Imogen probably lost... (full context)