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How to Tell a Joke: An Ancient Guide to the Art of Humor

How to Tell a Joke: An Ancient Guide to the Art of Humor (Hardback)

By Cicero, Marcus Tullius
Translated with commentary by Fontaine, Michael

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Timeless advice about how to use humor to win over any audience Can jokes win a hostile room, a hopeless argument, or even an election? You bet they can, according to Cicero, and he knew what he was talking about. One of Rome's greatest politicians, speakers, and lawyers, Cicero ...was also reputedly one of antiquity's funniest people. After he was elected commander-in-chief and head of state, his enemies even started calling him the stand-up Consul. How to Tell a Joke provides a lively new translation of Cicero's essential writing on humor alongside that of the later Roman orator and educator Quintilian. The result is a timeless practical guide to how a well-timed joke can win over any audience. As powerful as jokes can be, they are also hugely risky. The line between a witty joke and an offensive one isn't always clear. Cross it and you'll look like a clown, or worse. Here, Cicero and Quintilian explore every aspect of telling jokes-while avoiding costly mistakes. Presenting the sections on humor in Cicero's On the Ideal Orator and Quintilian's On the Orator's Education, complete with an enlightening introduction and the original Latin on facing pages, How to Tell a Joke examines the risks and rewards of humor and analyzes basic types that readers can use to write their own jokes. Filled with insight, wit, and examples, including more than a few lawyer jokes, How to Tell a Joke will appeal to anyone interested in humor or the art of public speaking.
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ISBN 9780691206165
Released NZ 8 Jun 2021
Format Hardback
Series Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers
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ISBN-13 9780691206165
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
Publisher unlisted
Imprint Princeton University Press
Released 8 Jun 2021
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Cicero, Marcus Tullius
Translated with commentary by Fontaine, Michael
Series Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers
Category Philosophy
Ancient Western Philosophy To C 500
Social & Political Philosophy
Popular Psychology
Humour
Jokes & Riddles
Number of Pages 328
Dimensions Width: 114mm
Height: 171mm
Dewey Code 875.01
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Wit and humor - Early works to 1800, Joking - Early works to 1800
NBS Text History of Ideas & Popular Philosophy
ONIX Text General/trade

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