Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known by his stage name Molière, 1622 – 1673)
PREFACE BY THE AUTHOR.
The King, who will have nothing but what is magnificent in all he undertakes, wished to give his court an
entertainment which should comprise all that the stage can furnish. To facilitate the execution of so vast an idea,
and to link together so many different things, his Majesty chose for the subject two rival princes, who, in the
lovely vale of Tempe, where the Pythian Games were to be celebrated, vie with each other in feting a young
princess and her mother with all imaginable gallantries. PERSONS REPRESENTED.
IPHICRATES &TIMOCLES, princes in love with ERIPHYLE.
SOSTRATUS, a general, also in love with ERIPHYLE.
ANAXARCHUS, an astrologer.
CLEON, his son.
CHOROEBUS, in the suit of ARISTIONE.
CLITIDAS, a court jester, one of the attendants of ERIPHYLE.
ARISTIONE, a princess, mother to ERIPHYLE.
ERIPHYLE, a princess, daughter to ARISTIONE.
CLEONICE, confidante to ERIPHYLE.
A sham VENUS, acting in concert with ANAXARCHUS.
THE MAGNIFICENT LOVERS.
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