Joke 755

17 Apr

I read this on punoftheday:

The ancient Romans only gathered once a week, because that was enough forum.

I liked it so much, I Googled ‘joke ancient rome’ (my dirty little secret is out: Googling is the only time I don’t use capitals) to flesh out this post.  I came across a Guardian story from 2009.  A joke book, believed to be more than 1600 years old, was discovered by classical professor Mary Beard.  

I give you two jokes from the book, as described in the article:

An ancient version of Monty Python’s dead parrot sketch sees a man buy a slave, who dies shortly afterwards. When he complains to the seller, he is told: “He didn’t die when I owned him.”

Beard’s favourite joke is a version of the Englishman, Irishman, Scotsman variety, with a barber, a bald man and an absent-minded professor taking a journey together. They have to camp overnight, so decide to take turns watching the luggage. When it’s the barber’s turn, he gets bored, so amuses himself by shaving the head of the professor. When the professor is woken up for his shift, he feels his head, and says “How stupid is that barber? He’s woken up the bald man instead of me.”

Don’t blame me – I said they were classical, not classic.  They were funny when they were written.   Saltem, spero sic.

 

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19 Responses to “Joke 755”

  1. rebecca2000 April 17, 2013 at 04:10 #

    lol I adore you.

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  2. slpmartin April 17, 2013 at 05:08 #

    Hmm…I’m reconsidering why the Roman Empire fell. 🙂

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  3. benzeknees April 17, 2013 at 05:26 #

    Classic or classical, still rather dumb! Hahahaha

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  4. viv blake April 17, 2013 at 07:16 #

    spes quae differtur: non seiunctum but I liked the opening pun.

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  5. Helen Cherry April 17, 2013 at 07:21 #

    Love them 😀

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  6. bevchen April 17, 2013 at 07:53 #

    I love the opening pun! Very clever.

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  7. viveka April 17, 2013 at 10:21 #

    Some British humor … I never got my head around … and never will, this is one of them (the last thing with the barber) – but I love your image *smile

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  8. colonialist April 17, 2013 at 10:37 #

    Love the forum. Let’s see if I can send my imagination Roman onto a worse one …
    Hmm. SMS from someone who is supposed to accompany a little girl on a train journey: ‘Sick. Train-sit Gloria Monday’.

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  9. lanceleuven April 17, 2013 at 13:28 #

    Slavery? I wonder why that fell out of a favour as a source of comedy! 🙂

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  10. sharechair April 17, 2013 at 14:16 #

    You are a master googler.

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  11. adinparadise April 17, 2013 at 18:58 #

    You’re so brilliant. You deserve a whole box of Maltesers. 🙂

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  12. SchmidleysScribbling April 17, 2013 at 19:40 #

    Love it. Especially the last bit. I had a prof once who said, “Vici, Vidi, Veni.” Yes, he was a BAD professor. Dianne

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  13. Grannymar April 17, 2013 at 21:23 #

    The opening pun is my favourite.

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