The slaves is Plautus's play The Pot of Goldhelp 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 from Euclio. His action, while sneaky and immoral, drives the play's plot...
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 from Euclio. His action, while sneaky and immoral, drives the play's plot to its conclusion. Lyconides is able to get the pot of gold from his slave (by giving the slave his freedom) and return the wealth to Euclio, who is so grateful that he agrees to allow his daughter to marry Lyconides. If the slave hadn't stolen that pot of gold, the play might not have found its happy ending.
The slaves in The Pot of Gold also provide some hilarious comic relief. Just look at the scene with Strobilus (Megadorus's steward) and the cooks Anthrax and Congrio. Antrhax's name is humorous to start with, for no one would want to eat a meal by a cook with that moniker! The three carry on with round after round of insults and jokes as they laugh at Euclio and each other. We cannot help but enjoy their wit as Strobilus, for instance, speaks of Euclio trying to lodge a complaint against a hawk that stole his dinner and as Anthrax calls Congrio a “fair cook” because he “can only get a job on fair-days.”
Finally, the slaves, especially Euclio's housekeeper, Staphyla, provide a voice of wisdom and compassion. Staphyla knows much more about what is going on in Euclio's own house than he does. He is so busy worrying about his pot of gold that he hasn't even realized that his daughter is pregnant. Staphyla has been caring for her and is both appalled at Euclio's detachment and sorry for her mistress's plight. Even the crazy cooks show some degree of wisdom in their hilarity, for they can identify a miser and a fool when they find one in Euclio.