Discovery Themes Lecture on Humor in the Ancient World

June 22, 2017
Friday, April 20, 2018 to Saturday, April 21, 2018
Senate Chamber Room on Friday 4/20 and Ohio Staters, Inc. Traditions Room on Saturday 4/21 at The Ohio Union, The Ohio State University, 1739 North High Street Columbus, Ohio
An O for OSU, plus the word Classics.

What’s So Funny?

Discovering and Interpreting Humor in the Ancient World

 

Keynote Speakers*:

• Jack M. Sasson (Emeritus Professor, Vanderbilt University)

• Ian Ruffell (Classics, University of Glasgow)

• Amy Richlin (Classics, University of California at Los Angeles)

• Christine Hayes (Religious Studies, Yale University)


Humor is a ubiquitous human phenomenon with a wide range of applications. Yet, what is deemed

humorous is often culturally determined. This poses a significant challenge for scholars of ancient

cultures. How do we identify what an ancient culture found funny? How did they use humor, and

what drove their usage?


The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for scholars across disciplines to discuss and

debate humor and its functions in both textual and material sources across the ancient

Mediterranean, from the early Near East through late antiquity. We invite papers that address the

above questions, or any others, on the topic of humor in an ancient Mediterranean context.


*A call for additonal (non-keynote) papers is currently open.  Please see here if interested.

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