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Greek Laughter: A Study in Cultural Psychology from Homer to Early Christianity

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The 1st book to offer an integrated reading of ancient Greek attitudes to laughter. Taking material from various genres & contexts, the book analyses both the theory & the practice of laughter as a revealing expression of Greek values & mentalities. Greek society developed distinctive institutions for the celebration of laughter as a capacity which could bridge ...more
Paperback, 630 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Cambridge University Press (NY et al.) (first published 2008)
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Odessa
I've only read one chapter but I already know it's one of the most thoroughly researched books possibly of all-time. Every second footnote corrects some statement made by some scholar in another footnote in some obscure journal, and the other footnotes cite every single piece of evidence by classical authors specialists haven't heard of. And he's a good writer. Currently reading the whole thing cover-to-cover so I can better understand how inadequate I am at research.

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Otto
This is a full-blown cultural history of Greek laughter. I never knew such a thing existed. It is the work of at least 10 years, and the author covers many centuries, from the Hellenic to early Christian views on laughter. The Greeks had 60 word groups for laughter, and every philosopher of ancient world cements on a behavior shared by dogs and gods alike. Serious scholarly tome full of fun and seriousness simultaneous.
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