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Ancient Roman Jokes

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on April 9, 2009 No Comment

Want to know what kinds of jokes ancient Romans enjoyed? Well, you’re in luck! Prof. Mary Beard has just published a collected volume of more than 260 jokes, some 1,600 years old. According to Beard, the volume explodes the popular stereotype of Romans as “pompous, bridge-building toga wearers.” What comic figures are the jokes about? They include “the ‘egghead,’ or absent-minded professor…along with the eunuch, and people with hernias or bad breath.”

Here’s a sample:

Patient: “When I get up in the morning I’m dizzy for half-an-hour, then I’m all right.”
Doctor: “Then wait half-an-hour in future before getting up.”‘

Check out a review in the Guardian here.

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