LAIAS, uncle of AEPYTUS, brother of MEROPE.|
AEPYTUS, son of MEROPE and CRESPHONTES.
POLYPHONTES, king of MESSENIA.
MEROPE, widow of CRESPHONTES, the murdered king of MESSENIA.
THE CHORUS, of MESSENIAN maidens.
ARCAS, an old man of MEROPE’S household.
GUARDS, ATTENDANTS, &c.
The Scene is before the royal palace in STENYCLAROS, the capital of MESSENIA. In the foreground is the tomb of CRESPHONTES. The action commences at day-break.