Synopsis

Pericles, Prince of Tyre was written late in Shakespeare's life. It appears in modern editions of his collected works, but was not included in the First Folio.

Pericles goes to Antioch as suitor to the daughter of King Antiochus. He solves a riddle, but it reveals a terrible secret about the king, so he has to flee.

Unsafe even at home in Tyre, he leaves the trusted Helicanus to govern and sails for Tarsus, where he relieves the city of famine, earning the gratitude of governor Cleon and his wife Dionyza.

Pericles is then shipwrecked and washed up on the shores of Pentapolis, where he is rescued by fishermen. They take him to the court of King Simonides, who is celebrating the birthday of his daughter Thaisa with a grand tournament.

Pericles, concealing his identity, defeats the many knights jousting for the princess' hand and wins her.

Antiochus dies. His life no longer in danger – and his identity finally revealed – Pericles sets sail for Tyre with Thaisa, now pregnant with their first child.

During a storm, Thaisa dies giving birth to a daughter and is buried at sea.

Pericles lands at Tarsus and entrusts his baby daughter, christened Marina, to the care of Cleon and Dionyza.

Thaisa's coffin lands at Ephesus, where she is revived by the physician Cerimon. She enters the temple of Diana as a nun.

Fourteen years later...
Marina attracts the envy of Dionyza, who arranges her murder, only for her to be abducted by pirates who sell her into a brothel in Mytilene, where her chastity proves bad for business. Lysimachus, the governor, visiting the brothel in disguise, is greatly impressed by her.

Pericles, still wandering the seas, arrives by chance at Mytilene, where his ship is visited by Lysimachus. The latter has Marina brought aboard in an attempt to rouse Pericles from his sorrows.

When their conversation reveals her to be his daughter, Pericles is overjoyed. In a dream, the goddess Diana directs him to make sacrifice at her temple in Ephesus and they set sail to accomplish this final act.

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