A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum: The World's Oldest Joke Book

Author(s): Dan Crompton


They say the old ones are the best, and this long-neglected collection of jokes revived from the archives of Ancient Greece confirms that in some cases this is true, and in others it really isn't. "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" is the first commercial translation of "Philogeios" - a 1600-year-old collection of Greek jokes. From absurd situations to general stupididity, farting to foolishness, this book contains a wealth of jokes, some of which still hit the mark and some that will have you groaning with laughter, even if it is because they're so bad, they're good! It includes such 'old chestnuts' as: At a woman's funeral, a stranger solemnly asks, Who is resting here? 'I am!' cries the widower, 'Now that she's gone!' From the sublime to the ridiculous, and despite some humour appearing to have been 'lost in translation', this bizarre collection of quips from our comedy forefathers is guaranteed to raise a smile this Christmas.

About the author:
Dan Crompton studied Classics at Cambridge University.


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  • : 9781843174981
  • : Michael O'Mara Books Ltd
  • : Michael O'Mara Books Ltd
  • : books

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  • : Dan Crompton
  • : Hardback