Roman Joke Book

Below is a link to a translated book of Roman  jokes dated from about the fourth or fifth century A.D.

 

http://publishing.yudu.com/Library/Au7bv/PhilogelosTheLaughAd/resources/index.htm

 

 

It has some very satisfying witticisms:

 

“‘That slave you sold me died,’ a man complained to a student dunce. ‘Goodness me,’ he replied, ‘he never did that when I owned him.'”

 

“An Abderite hears that onions and other bulbous plants cause wind. So when he’s out sailing and the sea is calm, he hangs a sackful by the stern.”

 

“A learned Sidonian asks the local schoolteacher how much liquid a two quart flask holds. The answer: Are  you talking about wine or olive oil?”

 

🙂

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