Children in the Philogelos

Christian Laes

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


The aim of this article is more limited and certainly less ambitious than broad sweeping theories about changing mentalities towards humour over long periods of time. I want to focus on the role of children in the Philogelos. In doing so, my intention is to do more than just show that children appear in the Philogelos. In fact, this collection can add to the history of childhood in Antiquity in various layers. On the factual level, the jokes yield information on the practicalities of children's daily lives, information which is not easily encountered in other sources, and certainly not often acknowledged by specialists in the field. On the level of popular thought and morals, these jokes reveal valuable clues on the ancient system of values as it appears in the collection.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-142
Number of pages13
JournalAncient History Bulletin
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2011


  • Philogelos Children antiquity humour


Dive into the research topics of 'Children in the Philogelos'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this