A line-by-line translation

Timon of Athens

Timon of Athens Translation Table of Contents

Timon’s notorious generosity with his friends may get him into trouble. When his creditors come calling, Timon has no resources to pay them, which causes his servant Flavius to worry. When his friends abandon him, Timon retreats to the wilderness, and involves himself with Alcibiades’ plot to wreck Athens in revenge. Will Alcibiades follow through with the plot? And will Timon emerge victorious? With this Shakescleare version of Timon of Athens, Shakespeare’s play becomes more easily accessible. You’ll be able to decode the play’s language, including its more notable quotes, like “I am not of that feather to shake off/ My friend when he most needs me.”

Act 1, Scene 1

Artisans speak fondly of Timon before he enters and displays his generosity. Apemantus insults people.

Act 1, Scene 2

Timon throws a big party. Apemantus insults everyone. Flavius, Timon's servant, worries about the growing debt.

Act 2, Scene 1

A senator realizes that Timon's spending is unsustainable and, worried about his loan, sends a servant to collect money.

Act 2, Scene 2

People sent from Timon's creditors harass him. Flavius explains why. Timon hopes someone will help.

Act 3, Scene 1

Flaminius asks Lucullus for a loan for Timon. He says no and also tries to bribe Flaminius into saying he wasn't home.

Act 3, Scene 2

Lucilius denies that Timon needs money, and when Servilius asks on Timon's behalf he says he cannot help.

Act 3, Scene 3

Sempronius laments that Timon has been denied all his loans. Then, hearing he was not asked first, denies a loan.

Act 3, Scene 4

Creditors keep pestering Timon for money. His servants try to keep them back, but he breaks out of his house in a rage.

Act 3, Scene 5

Senators send a man to death for murder. Alcibiades argues in defense of Timon, but is banished for his efforts.

Act 3, Scene 6

Timon holds a feast, then insults his guests by giving them hot water, not food. Insulted, they complain to themselves.

Act 4, Scene 1

Outside Athens, Timon curses the city. He rips off his clothes and reveals his naked body before rushing into the woods.

Act 4, Scene 2

Timon's servants meet and express their sadness over being let go. Flavius resolves to stay loyal to Timon.

Act 4, Scene 3

Timon buries gold outside his cave. Others walk by: Alcibiades, Apemantus, looting soldiers, and Flavius.

Act 5, Scene 1

The poet and painter go to Timon after hearing he has gold. Flavius bring senators looking for help against Alcibiades.

Act 5, Scene 2

Two senators hear a report of Alcibiades's troops. They hold out hope for the emissary to Timon and are disappointed.

Act 5, Scene 3

A soldier finds Timon's tomb on the shore and, because he can't read, records the epitaph in wax to give to Alcibiades.

Act 5, Scene 4

Alcibiades stands outside Athens. The senators beg for mercy. The soldier arrives with Timon's epitaph and he reads it.