• A dishonest pedlar in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale.A trickster and petty thief, the character owes much to the rogueliterature popular at the time.

    In classical legend Autolycus was the son of Hermes anda famous thief. Shakespeare's character remarks:

    My father named me Autolycus; who being, as I am, litteredunder Mercury, was likewise a snapper-up of unconsidered trifles.
    The Winter's Tale (IV, ii)