Translation copyright 2001 John T. Quinn; all rights reserved.
Philogelos (The Laughter Lover) is a collection of some 265 jokes, likely made in the fourth or fifth century CE. Some manuscripts give the names of the compilers as the otherwise-unknown Hierocles and Philagrios. Other manuscripts drop the name of one or other or both.
Although The Laugher Lover is the oldest survivin…
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