The Decameron

The Decameron


Giovanni Boccaccio

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Aristippus Character Analysis

In Panfilo’s fifth tale (V, 1), Aristippus is a Cypriot nobleman whose fortune includes having the boorish and rude Cimon among his many children. He shows himself to be less noble than his newly improved son when he suggests that Cimon complete his education by having sex with Iphigenia, although Cimon prefers to wait until he can honorably marry her.
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Aristippus Character Timeline in The Decameron

The timeline below shows where the character Aristippus appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 5: First Tale
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In Cyprus, a rich, noble gentleman named Aristippus is cursed with a son who is as unintelligent as he is handsome. Despite the... (full context)
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Aristippus, pleased with the transformation of his “ass” son “into a man,” encourages Cimon to “taste... (full context)