Want to know where Timon Of Athens is set? Shakespeare set most of Timon Of Athens in Athens, but also somewhere in the countryside near Athens. Timon, a generous Athenian in a wealthy city, lavishes expensive gifts on prominent citizens who abandon him in his hour of need and he retires to the poverty of the countryside, a penniless man. He finds some gold and goes back and joins forces with a general who is seeking revenge for the same treatment. He finainces the general. The setting of this story is not particularly significant, apart from Athens being the world’s most sophisticated city at that time.