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Aulularia; or, The Concealed Treasure

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Aulularia; or, The Concealed Treasure is a comedic play written by the ancient Roman playwright Titus Maccius Plautus. The story follows the misadventures of a miserly old man named Euclio, who discovers a pot of gold buried in his house and must navigate the chaos that ensues as he tries to keep his newfound wealth a secret.

Plautus's skillful use of humor and clever wordplay make this play a delight to read. The characters are all vividly drawn and the dialogue crackles with wit and energy. Euclio's attempts to protect his treasure are both hilarious and touching, as he must contend with a host of colorful characters who are all determined to get their hands on his gold.

But beneath the laughter, Aulularia; or, The Concealed Treasure also offers a sharp commentary on greed, wealth, and the corrupting influence of money. Plautus explores these themes with a deft touch, never losing sight of the play's primary goal: to entertain and amuse.

Overall, Aulularia; or, The Concealed Treasure is a masterful work of comedy that still resonates today. Plautus's timeless storytelling and sharp wit make this play a must-read for anyone who appreciates classic literature and the power of laughter.

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Euclio, a miserly old Athenian, has discovered a pot of gold in his house, Afraid it will be found and taken, he watches with the greatest anxiety and moves the treasure around, concealing it first in one spot and then another. Until.... - Summary by ToddHW Cast list: The Household God, who speaks the Prologue: ToddHW Euclio, an aged Athenian: Greg Giordano Megadorus, uncle of Lyconides: Algy Pug Lyconides, a young Athenian: Inkell Strobilus, servant of Megadorus and Lyconides: Alan Mapstone Pythodicus, servant of Megadorus: Kerry Adams Anthrax, Cook: ToddHW Congrio, Cook: Rapunzelina Eunomia, the sister of Megadorus: Kristin G. Phaedra, the daughter of Euclio: Sandra Schmit Staphyla, an old woman, servant of Euclio: Sonia Slave: ToddHW Stage Directions: Jim Locke Editing: ToddHW

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