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Praefectus Praetorio

Brother of the Quill

Praefectus Praetorio

Brother of the Quill
Here's a real knee-slapper from ancient Rome:
Cuiusdam provincialis iocus asper innotuit. Intraverat Romam simillimus Caesari et in se omnium ora converterat. Augustus perduci ad se hominem iussit, visumque hoc modo interrogavit: Dic mihi, adolescens, fuit aliquando mater tua Romae? Negavit ille, nec contentus adiecit: Sed pater meus saepe.
- Macrobius, Saturnalia, 2.3

Anyone? @Eulalia ?
 

Eulalia

Poet Laureate
Staff member
Here's a real knee-slapper from ancient Rome:
Cuiusdam provincialis iocus asper innotuit. Intraverat Romam simillimus Caesari et in se omnium ora converterat. Augustus perduci ad se hominem iussit, visumque hoc modo interrogavit: Dic mihi, adolescens, fuit aliquando mater tua Romae? Negavit ille, nec contentus adiecit: Sed pater meus saepe.
- Macrobius, Saturnalia, 2.3

Anyone? @Eulalia ?
A countryman turned up in Rome who was the spitting image of Caesar Augustus.
Everyone was talking about him, Augustus had him brought to the palace.
'Tell me, young man, was your father ever in Rome?'
'No, never,* the lad replied, but, not content with that, added,
'But my mother was, often.'

No doubt the laughter brought the roof down.
Except the theatre didn't have a roof ...
 

Praefectus Praetorio

Brother of the Quill
A countryman turned up in Rome who was the spitting image of Caesar Augustus.
Everyone was talking about him, Augustus had him brought to the palace.
'Tell me, young man, was your father ever in Rome?'
'No, never,* the lad replied, but, not content with that, added,
'But my mother was, often.'

No doubt the laughter brought the roof down.
Except the theatre didn't have a roof ...
Nicely done.

From a book called Philogelos ("Funny) 4th Century CE. A number of jokes at the expense of a certain disdained people in Gaul. The best way to translate is to say Midwesterner.

When a Midwesterner was told by someone, “Your beard is now coming in,” he went to the rear-entrance and waited for it. Another Midwesterner asked what he was doing. Once he heard the whole story, he said: “I’m not surprised that people say we Midwesterners lack common sense. How do you know that it’s not coming in by the other gate?”
 

Baron Von Sade

Governor
Nicely done.

From a book called Philogelos ("Funny) 4th Century CE. A number of jokes at the expense of a certain disdained people in Gaul. The best way to translate is to say Midwesterner.

When a Midwesterner was told by someone, “Your beard is now coming in,” he went to the rear-entrance and waited for it. Another Midwesterner asked what he was doing. Once he heard the whole story, he said: “I’m not surprised that people say we Midwesterners lack common sense. How do you know that it’s not coming in by the other gate?”
No, it works better as a Gaul (French :p )
 

montycrusto

Slave Trader
A countryman turned up in Rome who was the spitting image of Caesar Augustus.
Everyone was talking about him, Augustus had him brought to the palace.
'Tell me, young man, was your father ever in Rome?'
'No, never,* the lad replied, but, not content with that, added,
'But my mother was, often.'

No doubt the laughter brought the roof down.
Except the theatre didn't have a roof ...
Roman jokes... :rolleyes: we’re getting Perilously close to Biggus Dickus territory.. :p
 

Praefectus Praetorio

Brother of the Quill
Roman jokes... :rolleyes: we’re getting Perilously close to Biggus Dickus territory.. :p
How is that a joke? I happen to hab a gweat fwiend in Wome, named Biggus Dickus! Not to mention the Centerwion Nuatius Maximus! Watch it. You'll find yowself in Galdiator school with wough behavior like that.

He has a wife you know. She's called incontinentia buttocks. Annything funny about that?
 

phlebas

PRIMUS POENUS
Staff member
oh no

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