In Panfilo’s seventh tale (VII, 9), Nicostratos is a noble lord of ancient Greece who marries Lydia in his old age. He thus exemplifies the senex amans (old lover), along with Ricciardo de Chinzica (II, 10), Friar Puccio (III, 4), and Mazzeo della Montagna (IV, 10). He is the victim of a particularly cruel series of tricks in which Lydia kills his favorite falcon, pulls out his hair and teeth, and has sex with his servant Pyrrhus in front of him.
Nicostratos Character Timeline in The Decameron
The timeline below shows where the character Nicostratos appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 7: Ninth Tale
But Pyrrhus suspects that Lydia is testing his loyalty. Swearing that he’d never dishonor Nicostratos, he sends Lusca back to her mistress. His repudiation makes Lydia want to die, but... (full context)
...not testing him. He wants her to prove her motives by completing three tasks: kill Nicostratos’s favorite bird before his eyes, send him a tuft of Nicostratos’s beard, and then give... (full context)