The man who farted

Mary Beard is a well known classicist who did an excellent TV series on Rome. Recently she has made an ancient joke book more well known – that of Philogelos who compiled this book in the third or fourth century AD.

The full text can be found online at

http://dushelov.no-ip.org/viewtxt.php?txt=/ftp/greek.txt/P/Ph/Philogelos%20-%20tlg2404.txt

Some of the jokes could work equally well today. Here are a couple as a sample.

Μισογύναιος, τῆς γυναικὸς αὐτοῦ ἀποθανούσης, ἐπὶ τῷ θάψαι ἐκήδευε. τινὸς δὲ ἐρωτήσαντος· Τίς ἀνεπαύσατο; ἔφη· Ἐγὼ ὁ ταύτης στερηθείς.

A misogynist was attending to the burial of his dead wife. When someone asked “who has been laid to rest?” he replied “I have, now that I am rid of her”.

Joke 247

Μωρὸς κωφῷ συγκαθεύδων ἔβδεσε. τοῦ δὲ τὴν δυσωδίαν
αἰσθομένου καὶ κατακράξαντος ἔφη· Ἴδε, πῶς ἀκούεις· ἀλλ´ ἐμπαίζεις μοι.

An idiot sharing a bed with a deaf man farted. When the deaf man smelt it and gave a loud shout, he said “how did you hear that? You’ve been having me on”

Joke 241

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2 Responses to The man who farted

  1. that was so funny the deaf man smelt it.stephanie curry

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