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The Pot of Gold

The slaves is Plautus's play The Pot of Gold help drive the plot, provide comic relief, and serve as a voice of wisdom and compassion. Lyconides's slave is the culprit who steals the pot of gold...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2021 7:36 pm UTC

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The Pot of Gold

Euclio is above all a character who is defined by his greed and avaricious nature. It is clear from the very opening scene, when he beats Staphyla, his old slave who is very loyal to him, that his...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2013 5:28 am UTC

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The Pot of Gold

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...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2021 4:30 pm UTC

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The Pot of Gold

Euclio is a bit of an old miser. Having stumbled upon the eponymous pot of gold, he jealously guards it instead of putting it to good use. Euclio is so terrified of someone stealing his treasure...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2019 6:50 am UTC

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The Pot of Gold

Megadorus is a good character to choose for a character sketch because one can do so easily and briefly. In fact, Megadorus teaches the reader much about the differences between love and money....

Latest answer posted August 26, 2015 5:10 pm UTC

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The Pot of Gold

The three characters of Plautus’s Pot of Gold (Aulularia, or the Concealed Treasure) embody three different attitudes to the concept of marriage. The rich Megadorus wants to marry his poor...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2019 5:26 pm UTC

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The Pot of Gold

This work focuses on the way that wealth may not be quite the blessing that humans assume it is. This is shown through the central symbol of the pot of gold, which Euclio rediscovers thanks to his...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2013 6:09 am UTC

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The Pot of Gold

Euclio's prized pot of gold, the most important thing in the world to this stingy old miser, has been stolen by Lyconides's slave. He committed the theft because he wanted to please his master. At...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2021 6:51 am UTC

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The Pot of Gold

In Plautus' Pot of Gold (Latin: Aulularia), an aged Athenian named Euclio has a pot of gold. In the course of the play, Euclio moves the pot of gold several times because he is afraid that the gold...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2015 6:45 pm UTC

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The Pot of Gold

Among other things, Plautus's The Pot of Gold can be seen as a satire on the Roman upper-classes (although the action of the play takes place in Athens). Plautus expertly uses humor and irony to...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2021 1:53 pm UTC

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The Pot of Gold

The Pot of Gold, a notable work of Roman comic master Plautus, concerns a miser named Euclio. He is consumed by an obsession with concealing his pot of gold from everyone in his social circle and...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2018 11:14 am UTC

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The Pot of Gold

In Roman comedies, there are usually several characters who are slaves. Part of the plot often hinges on one or more of their efforts to leave the slave status; this plot feature may include an...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2019 6:31 pm UTC

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The Pot of Gold

Yes, "The Pot of Gold" can be defined as a comedy. It is a play about how having money can make you obsessed with protecting it and about overcoming greed to see the value, instead, of family and...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2019 5:58 pm UTC

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The Pot of Gold

The cooks at Megadorus's wedding feast are named Congrio and Anthrax, and they contribute plenty of comic relief in Plautus's play The Pot of Gold. These cooks are hilarious as they needle each...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2021 3:54 pm UTC

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The Pot of Gold

No one actually discovers Euclio's pot of gold in its first hiding place in Plautus's play The Pot of God. The housekeeper never knows the gold is there; she thinks the house is merely full of...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2021 4:28 pm UTC

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The Pot of Gold

Plautus's play The Pot of Gold begins with an introduction from Lar, Euclio's household spirit. Lar explains that Euclio has recently discovered the pot of gold long hidden in his house, but now he...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2021 8:43 pm UTC

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The Pot of Gold

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...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2020 3:00 pm UTC

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The Pot of Gold

In act 2, scene 1 of The Pot of Gold by Plautus, Megadorus’s sister, Eunomia, engages in conversation with him in order to persuade him into getting married. She prefaces her main point with quite...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2019 4:31 pm UTC

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The Pot of Gold

In Plautus's play The Pot of Gold, Megadorus has long remained a committed bachelor. He has a strong aversion to getting married. In fact, when his sister, Eunomia, brings up the issue and says...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021 2:19 pm UTC

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The Pot of Gold

In Plautus’s comedy The Pot of Gold, poor Euclio strikes upon the buried treasure, which gets him into trouble. He does not know how to use the gold, and he is tormented by the fear that someone...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2019 2:49 pm UTC

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The Pot of Gold

In his comedy The Pot of Gold, Plautus ridicules avarice which reaches absurd dimensions in Euclio, who makes his own life as well as the lives of those around him miserable. He behaves...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2019 4:43 pm UTC

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The Pot of Gold

It is worth noting at the outset that the typical Roman comedy is lost. The twenty complete or almost complete plays of Plautus which have come down to us are part of a total corpus of at least...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2019 2:04 pm UTC

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The Pot of Gold

In the very first scene of the play Euclio is angrily beating his servant, Staphyla. Not unreasonably, she wants to know why he's attacking her like this. At first, Euclio doesn't give her a proper...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2019 7:04 am UTC

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The Pot of Gold

Euclio's behavior toward the slave indicates the firm grip that greed has upon him. Euclio is so obsessed with holding onto the eponymous pot of gold that he's become paranoid, believing that there...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2019 5:40 am UTC

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The Pot of Gold

The Pot of Gold is a comedy written by Roman playwright Titus Maccius Plautus. It centers on Euclio, an old man who discovers a pot of gold buried in his house and resolves to hide it from anyone...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2021 9:34 am UTC

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The Pot of Gold

The Aulularia or Pot of Gold was written by the Latin playwright Plautus (ca. 254–184 BC). It was, however, adapted from a Greek original, the Dyscolus by Menander (ca. 342/41–c. 290 BC). The first...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2019 3:27 pm UTC

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The Pot of Gold

The Pot of Gold presents a depressingly accurate picture of women's lives in ancient society. Though set in Athens, the play also provides us with a revealing glimpse into Roman society's attitude...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2019 9:37 am UTC

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The Pot of Gold

Phaedria is a loyal and devoted servant to her father’s household god. Her service is what motivates the god to give her father the pot of gold. Phaedria has recently been raped by Lyconides, a...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2019 7:46 pm UTC

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The Pot of Gold

Euclio represents a difficult miser because he values his gold above all else and believes that everyone is scheming to get it. He doesn't recognize the inherent value in things like freedom and...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2019 3:50 pm UTC

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The Pot of Gold

Aulularia or The Pot of Gold by Plautus is typical of Latin Old Comedy in being full of flat stock characters. With the single exception of Euclio, these characters are intended to represent types...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2019 12:10 pm UTC

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The Pot of Gold

Plautus' Pot of Gold (Latin: Aulularia) was first written around the 190s BCE. Plautus wrote his play in Latin for a Roman audience, but it was based on a Greek original. The names of the...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2015 1:23 am UTC

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The Pot of Gold

The play ends with Euclio getting his pot of gold back from Lyconides, whose slaves had stolen it. The resolution resolves the problem of the play, which has to do with themes of greed and...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2021 12:47 pm UTC

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The Pot of Gold

It is important to recognise the way in which Plautus, in this comedy, is using stock characters from ancient Greek comedy in his presentation of this immensely funny play. This is evidenced in the...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2013 6:00 am UTC

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The Pot of Gold

As we learn throughout Plautus's The Pot of Gold, Euclio is a total miser, a somewhat foolish old man who's so obsessed with protecting the treasure bequeathed to him by his grandfather that he...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2021 6:45 am UTC

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The Pot of Gold

It isn't immediately clear why Euclio is scolding Staphyla at the beginning of this great play. As Lar Familiaris is addressing the audience, talking about the kindness of Euclio's daughter and how...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2021 8:27 am UTC

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The Pot of Gold

Plautus was a Roman playwright from what is now northern Italy; he lived in the third to second century BC. During his lifetime, Rome was a republic (and would later expand into an empire). The...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2019 7:46 pm UTC

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The Pot of Gold

Euclio’s prevailing trait is avarice. He cares little for the condition of his daughter, Phaedria, as demonstrated by the casual and offhand way in which he consents to her marriage with Megadorus....

Latest answer posted September 22, 2019 9:28 pm UTC

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The Pot of Gold

Plautus, as well as almost every other writer who has ever penned a word, produces work that is then categorized by other people in the world of literature. The same is true of Homer, Pliny,...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2016 2:47 pm UTC

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The Pot of Gold

The two plots of these plays are very clearly interlinked, and Plautus took various elements of Meander's work in order to help him write his own play. Both plays feature an old man who is very...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2013 5:07 am UTC

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