Beard discusses theories of humor, power relationships, evolutionary psychology and much more in Laughter in Ancient Rome. But her focus is on the laughter itself. “One big question that hovers over the whole of the book,” she writes, “is this: How comprehensible, in any terms, can Roman laughter now be?”

www.scientificamerican.com/article/a-new-book-examines-what-laughter-was-all-about-in-ancient-rome/

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