How does Plautus's play The Pot of Gold reflect the role of women in Greek society?

Plautus's play The Pot of Gold reflects two different aspects of women's role in ancient society. It shows, especially in the character of Phaedria, how vulnerable and powerless women were, but it also reveals the unofficial power and influence that women like Eunomia and Straphyla had.

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Plautus' play The Pot of Gold reveals the vulnerability and powerlessness of women in ancient society but also shows their unofficial power and influence.

The play centers around Euclio and his daughter, Phaedria. Euclio, with the assistance of his household deity, has recently discovered a pot of gold. The deity intends to provide the riches to pay Phaedria's dowry so that she can marry Lyconides, for she is already pregnant with his child. Euclio, however, has no intention of spending any money on his daughter. He doesn't even realize that she is pregnant. She is almost nonexistent to him.

In fact, Phaedria never actually appears on stage. She is merely a figure to be manipulated for the purposes of other characters. Megadorus decides that he wants to marry Phaedria, for instance, although he doesn't really know much about her. She is at least not wealthy and demanding like other women, he reasons. He can control her because she is poor and will be dependent upon him. He doesn't even...

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