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Explain Plautus's The Pot of Gold with reference to the context.

To explain Plautus's The Pot of Gold with reference to its historical context, one can examine the gender relations that existed in Plautus' day, which are reflected in the play's text.

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Plautus' is a world of slavery and servitude; a patriarchal world in which men are the undisputed leaders of society and the family, and whose wives, daughters, and sisters are expected to obey them at all times.

Gender relations in Plautus' day are illustrated by the treatment of the unseen Phaedria, Euclio's daughter. Euclio treats Phaedria like an object, as little more than a piece of property that forms part of a tawdry business arrangement. In keeping with prevailing conventions, Phaedria has no say in the matter; she's expected to do what her father tells her to do, and that's that.

It's notable in this regard that Phaedria never actually appears on stage. Her absence from the action serves to highlight the invisibility of women in Plautus's day, how they were routinely confined to the home while the men in their lives went out into the world to conduct important business, even if that business concerned women themselves.

As we can gather, opportunities for women in ancient Greece...

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