Michael Zeleny (larvatus) wrote,
Michael Zeleny
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Roman Jokers by Gregory Hays

Roman Jokers by Gregory Hays

Elizabethans joked about cuckoldry and venereal disease. Roman audiences laughed at crucifixion jokes, bald men, and dwarves. The epigrams of the early imperial poet Martial circle back again and again to sniggering innuendos about bad breath and oral sex. The rules for what is laughable are not alw…

Posted by Michael Zeleny on 27 Jun 2014, 20:03

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