By Mary Beard
Laughter in historical Rome explores essentially the most interesting, but in addition trickiest, of ancient matters. Drawing on a variety of Roman writing—from essays on rhetoric to a surviving Roman comic story book—Mary Beard tracks down the giggles, smirks, and guffaws of the traditional Romans themselves. From historical "monkey company" to the position of a laugh in a tradition of tyranny, she explores Roman humor from the hilarious, to the momentous, to the surprising. yet she additionally displays on even greater ancient questions. what sort of historical past of laughter will we in all probability inform? will we ever quite "get" the Romans’ jokes?
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