Antius’ wealthy, elderly wife in Salusbury’s Love or Money, whom Pamphilus describes as ‘longnosed’. She upbraids her husband for being inattentive and accuses both him and Medico of plotting against her life. She tells Antius that her money made him a man and that he must never be ungrateful to her. She says that, before they met, she was not froward but had a heart as merry as any fifty-five-year-old. When Antius calls forth a dance, she objects because the music is not solemn, but Orlando forces her to dance with him and drink (believing Antius that she is a carefree old soul who loves drink and dancing). She later chastises Antius for making ‘an honest woman’ drunk, but continues drinking all the same, all the while saying that his ruse shall not work, for she will not die to please him. She passes out from the drink, and Antius must drag her away.


An indulgent mother in the anonymous Nice Wanton. She refuses to discipline her children Ismael and Dalilah on the grounds that they are already too strictly punished at school. When she learns that both children have died because of their sinful ways, she is stricken with grief and attempts to kill herself. Prevented from suicide by Barnabas, she accepts his spiritual guidance.


A "ghost character" in Peele's The Battle of Alcazar. Muly Xarif, or "Sheriff," is the father of Muly Mahamet Xeque and the grandfather of Abdallas, Abdelmunen, Abdelmelec, and Muly Mahamet Seth. A descendant of the line of Mahomet, Muly Xarif left his native Arabia with a store of gold and treasure, and planted himself in Barbary as the first of the Moors that have reigned over Barbary.


Only mentioned in Jonson's The Alchemist. When Face introduces Dapper to Subtle, he mentions that the clerk is a person of character and learning. Besides alluding to his financial assets, Face says that Dapper knows the law and would take his oath of the Greek Xenophon. The reference is to the fifth-century BC Athenian historian, philosopher, and general, who was one of Socrates' pupils.


Xenophon is Claudius's doctor in May's Julia Agrippina. He is in the pay of Agrippina and conceals Claudius's death from Octavia and Britannicus.


A "ghost character" in Peele's The Battle of Alcazar. Muly Mahamet Xeque is the father of Abdallas, Abdelmunen, Abdelmelec, and Muly Mahamet Seth. During his lifetime, Muly Mahamet Xeque created the "perfect law" which stated that his eldest son would inherit the crown, but that he would in turn be succeeded by the next eldest brother, not by his own son. Thus, all the brothers may wear the crown.


Only mentioned in Marlowe's Tamburlaine Part 1. King of Persia, son of Darius, invader of Greece who lost at the battle of Salamis. Tamburlaine compares his army favorably to the hosts of Xerxes.