© Michael Hendry 2000-2006
After a five-year hiatus, the Ancient Joke of the Day is back. Beginning on January 2nd, 2006, I have been posting a new joke here every day, with occasional hitches for sickness or overwork. The first 62 jokes (November 1st-January 1st) were posted in 2000-2001, but those from January 2nd on are being posted in 2006.
Click here for The Ancient Joke Archives: (in Adobe PDF format)
These files contain all previous jokes, one month (or part of a month) per file, in top-down order. If I can solved the problem of displaying accented Greek text in HTML for all users with simple instructions, I will get rid of the PDF and post these on my web-page. An RSS feed would be good, too, but that may take some doing. Here are the files currently uploaded:
  February 2006 (jokes 93—)
January 2001/2006 (jokes 62-92)
December 2000 (jokes 31-61)
November 2000 (jokes 1-30)

About this page: The Ancient Jokes page provides a daily joke quoted from a Greek or Roman author. In each case, I give the original text, a translation, and such notes as are necessary to understand the author's point.

A new joke will be added every day, around midnight Eastern U.S. time. Days missed through sickness or pressure of other work will be filled in retroactively in the archive files as soon as possible. Whether there are more than 365 ancient jokes that are at all funny, particularly in English translation, remains to be seen. Old jokes will be kept on file for later perusal.

Since I give the original text of each joke in Greek or Latin, along with the translation and notes, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to read them. It can be downloaded for free from Adobe.  Sources will also be listed, though you may have to go back to the first joke from the source to find the complete information.  Translations are my own unless otherwise noted.
Begun: November 1, 2000. Last updated: January 2, 2006.