Philogelos: The First Joke Book

NML proudly presents our first virtual exhibit.

TheĀ Philogelos, typically translated as “the joker” or “the one who loves laughter”, is an ancient Greek collection of approximately 265 jokes. Dating to the 4th or 5th century CE, it typically bears the title of the world’s oldest surviving collection of jokes. NML Associate and Latin teacher Linda Thompson created these cartoons from the collection. Click on the images below to read about each joke.

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Joke #1 – The Lamp

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Joke #4 – Teeth

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Joke #12 – New Math

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Joke #22 – Trustworthy

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Joke #39 – A Black Hen

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Joke #43 – Back Way

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Joke #51 – The Well

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Joke #64 – Shaving

Joke 94 - Indigestion

Joke 94 – Indigestion

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Joke # 99 – A Cloak

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Joke #154 – The Dead Guy

Joke # 160 - Louder

Joke # 160 – Louder

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Joke #173 – A Pot of Honey

Joke# 197 - Madam

Joke# 197 – Madam

Joke 44: Sleep-eating