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Laughter in ancient Rome

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Laughing Roman legionaries in Rome
Roman sense of humor

Laughter in ancient Rome could be met in religious rituals (ritual laughter). The combination of laughter with sacrum was seen in many peoples. He performed at the ancient Romans during Lupercalia, agrarian (Liberaria) festivals, Consualia – in honour of Consus, triumphs, wedding processions and funerals.

Laughter is a manifestation of joy and vitality, so he was credited with the ability to fight evil.

Jokes of ancient Rome

  • Fredouille Jean-Claude, Słownik cywilizacji rzymskiej, Wydawnictwo "Książnica", Katowice, 1996

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