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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
              Publisher Princeton University Pre
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              Series Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers
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              Funny Words in Plautine Comedy
               

              Funny Words in Plautine Comedy (Hardback)

              By Fontaine, Michael

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              Combining textual and literary evidence, this book argues that many Plautine jokes, puns, and names of characters were misunderstood in antiquity. By examining the comedian's tendency to make up and misuse words, Fontaine elucidates many new jokes and argues for a sophisticated, ...Hellenistic Plautus who wrote for a sophisticated Roman audience.
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              ISBN 9780195341447
              Released NZ 9 Dec 2009
              Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
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              The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Comedy

              The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Comedy (Hardback)

              Edited by Fontaine, Michael; Scafuro, Adele C.

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              The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Comedy marks the first comprehensive introduction to and reference work for the unified study of ancient comedy. From its birth in Greece to its end in Rome, from its Hellenistic to its Imperial receptions, no topic is neglected. The 41 essa...ys offer cutting-edge guides through comedy's immense terrain.
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              ISBN 9780199743544
              Released NZ 24 Apr 2014
              Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
              Interest Age 19+ years
              Series Oxford Handbooks
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              How to Drink: A Classical Guide to the Art of Imbibing

              How to Drink: A Classical Guide to the Art of Imbibing (Hardback)

              By Obsopoeus, Vincent; Edited by Fontaine, Michael

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              A spirited new translation of a forgotten classic, shot through with timeless wisdom Is there an art to drinking alcohol? Can drinking ever be a virtue? The Renaissance humanist and neoclassical poet Vincent Obsopoeus (ca. 1498-1539) thought so. In the winelands of sixteenth-cent...ury Germany, he witnessed the birth of a poisonous new culture of bingeing, hazing, peer pressure, and competitive drinking. Alarmed, and inspired by the Roman poet Ovid's Art of Love, he wrote The Art of Drinking (De Arte Bibendi) (1536), a how-to manual for drinking with pleasure and discrimination. In How to Drink, Michael Fontaine offers the first proper English translation of Obsopoeus's text, rendering his poetry into spirited, contemporary prose and uncorking a forgotten classic that will appeal to drinkers of all kinds and (legal) ages. Arguing that moderation, not abstinence, is the key to lasting sobriety, and that drinking can be a virtue if it is done with rules and limits, Obsopoeus teaches us how to manage our drinking, how to win friends at social gatherings, and how to give a proper toast. But he also says that drinking to excess on occasion is okay-and he even tells us how to win drinking games, citing extensive personal experience. Complete with the original Latin on facing pages, this sparkling work is as intoxicating today as when it was first published.
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              ISBN 9780691192147
              Released NZ 15 Mar 2020
              Publisher Princeton University Pre
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              Series Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers
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              The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Comedy

              The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Comedy (Paperback)

              Edited by Fontaine, Michael; Scafuro, Adele C.

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              The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Comedy marks the first comprehensive introduction to and reference work for the unified study of ancient comedy. From its birth in Greece to its end in Rome, from its Hellenistic to its Imperial receptions, no topic is neglected. The 41 essa...ys offer cutting-edge guides through comedy's immense terrain.
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              ISBN 9780190887216
              Released NZ 15 Aug 2018
              Publisher Oxford University Press
              Interest Age 19+ years
              Series Oxford Handbooks
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              So What's in the Petri Dish, Dr. Periwinkle?
                

              So What's in the Petri Dish, Dr. Periwinkle? (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Fontaine, Michael

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              ISBN 9781463403294
              Released NZ 1 Jul 2011
              Publisher AuthorHouse
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              How to Drink: A Classical Guide to the Art of Imbibing
                

              How to Drink: A Classical Guide to the Art of Imbibing (Audio CD / Audio)

              By Obsopoeus, Vincent; Edited by Fontaine, Michael; Read by Clark, Roger

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              A spirited new translation of a forgotten classic, shot through with timeless wisdom Is there an art to drinking alcohol? Can drinking ever be a virtue? The Renaissance humanist and neoclassical poet Vincent Obsopoeus (ca. 1498-1539) thought so. In the winelands of sixteenth-cent...ury Germany, he witnessed the birth of a poisonous new culture of bingeing, hazing, peer pressure, and competitive drinking. Alarmed, and inspired by the Roman poet Ovid's Art of Love, he wrote The Art of Drinking (De Arte Bibendi) (1536), a how-to manual for drinking with pleasure and discrimination. In How to Drink, Michael Fontaine offers the first proper English translation of Obsopoeus's text, rendering his poetry into spirited, contemporary prose and uncorking a forgotten classic that will appeal to drinkers of all kinds and (legal) ages. Arguing that moderation, not abstinence, is the key to lasting sobriety, and that drinking can be a virtue if it is done with rules and limits, Obsopoeus teaches us how to manage our drinking, how to win friends at social gatherings, and how to give a proper toast. But he also says that drinking to excess on occasion is okay--and he even tells us how to win drinking games, citing extensive personal experience.
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              ISBN 9781665177900
              Released NZ 1 Mar 2021
              Publisher HighBridge Audio
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              Quasi Labor Intus: Ambiguity in Latin Literature
                

              Quasi Labor Intus: Ambiguity in Latin Literature (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              Edited by Fontaine, Michael; McNamara, Charles; Short, William Michael

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              For forty years, American priest and friar Reginald Foster, O.C.D., worked in the Latin Letters office of the Roman Curia's Secretary of State in Vatican City. As Latinist of four popes, he soon emerged as an internationally recognized authority on the Latin language-some have sa...id, the internationally recognized authority, consulted by scholars, priests, and laymen worldwide. In 1986, he began teaching an annual summer Latin course that attracted advanced students and professors from around the globe. This volume gathers contributions from some of his many students in honor of his enduring influence and achievements. Its chapters explore a wide range of linguistic and literary evidence from antiquity to the present day in a variety of theoretical perspectives. If the motivation for putting together this collection has been to reflect (and reflect upon) Foster's influences on Latin scholarship and pedagogy, its title alludes-via the medieval folk etymology of the word labyrinthus ( quasi labor intus )-to its theme: ambiguity in Latin literature.
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              ISBN 9781732475014
              Released NZ 25 Mar 2021
              Publisher Paideia Institute for Humanist
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              The Rage of Ganumede
               

              The Rage of Ganumede (Hardback)

              By Fontaine, Michael

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              The Titan mother, Rhea, has lost something and wants it back. Bad. Zeus wants the prince of Troy, Ganumede, who wants the same thing as Rhea: the most powerful phallus in creation, currently owned by the golden god, Attis. How it got there and why it can never be touched is a con...undrum that holds all of creation in its grasp. Ganumede falls under its spell - cursed with an unquenchable infatuation for Attis, an Adonis that rides a gold motorcycle in a leather jacket the color of a jet. The prince, likewise, becomes targeted by men and gods who want to bask in the affections of the most beautiful boy ever made. Ganumede clings to his innocence until the Fates decree it is no longer his property and take it from him.
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              ISBN 9781643783994
              Released NZ 28 May 2021
              Publisher Austin MacAuley
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              The Rage of Ganumede
               

              The Rage of Ganumede (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Fontaine, Michael

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              The Titan mother, Rhea, has lost something and wants it back. Bad. Zeus wants the prince of Troy, Ganumede, who wants the same thing as Rhea: the most powerful phallus in creation, currently owned by the golden god, Attis. How it got there and why it can never be touched is a con...undrum that holds all of creation in its grasp. Ganumede falls under its spell - cursed with an unquenchable infatuation for Attis, an Adonis that rides a gold motorcycle in a leather jacket the color of a jet. The prince, likewise, becomes targeted by men and gods who want to bask in the affections of the most beautiful boy ever made. Ganumede clings to his innocence until the Fates decree it is no longer his property and take it from him.
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              ISBN 9781643783987
              Released NZ 28 May 2021
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