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Jokes
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(γελοῖον/geloîon; Lat. dicacitas, facetiae, iocus, ridiculum, sal, urbanitas; for terminology cf. [1. 754-757]).

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A. Jokes in everyday life

Like us, the ancients enjoyed telling a joke (for the joke culture of the Romans cf. [2; 3]). Jokes were also written down risus gratia (for enjoyment: Quint. Inst. 6,3,65). The only completely preserved ancient collection of jokes is written in Greek, the  Philógelōs (4th/5th cents. AD). From Plautus, we know that such collections existed long…

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Andrae, Janine (Bochum), “Jokes”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 18 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e12211580>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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