Tag Archive for 'Humour'

Is this the best Santa Claus post this Christmas?

I’ve seen a few twitter posts about St. Nicholas punching Arius at the Council of Nicaea.  Now this (via Dyspepsia Generation):

Medieval poison ring found – get one now!

NEW!  For the Borgia in YOUR church … a poison ring! SMILE … as your opponents die writhing on the floor while you preach a sermon about peace and unity! END … those interminable conferences by poisoning your enemies during the communion service! INVITE … your foes round for dinner: “The drinks are on me!” […]

Life at the court of Lysimachus

Athenaeus has preserved a jest from the court of Lysimachus, one of Alexander’s generals: King Lysimachus, who was somewhat stingy, once put a wooden scorpion into the dress of a parasite, for the purpose of frightening him. “I will frighten you, sir,” he said; “give me … two hundred pounds!” – Athenaeus, book vi. p. 246. […]

The man who gave a few pence to the emperor Augustus

The story is in Macrobius, Saturnalia, book 2, chapter 4: [31] As he went down from his residence on the Palatine, a seedy-looking Greek used to offer him a complimentary epigram.  This the man did on many occasions without success, and Augustus, seeing him about to do it again, wrote a short epigram in Greek […]

Some sayings by Cicero from the ‘Saturnalia’ of Macrobius

I have been reading the Saturnalia of Macrobius, that curious store of Latin learning from the very end of the empire.  Book 2 contains a collection of witticisms.  Here are a few. [ 1] But I am surprised, continued Symmachus, that none of you have said anything of Cicero’s jests, for here, as in everything […]

From my diary

It’s far, far too hot to do ANYTHING!!! Turn off your computers, disconnect your wifi, and go out of your houses and frolic on the grass. That should produce rain, and then we can all get back to work again.

Whoopee!!! Pray-o-mat installed at Manchester University, UK! That’ll show ‘em, man!

I thought this story must be a spoof.  But apparently it isn’t: A multi-faith praying machine called the Pray-O-Mat has been installed at the University of Manchester. The specially converted photo booth offers more than 300 pre-recorded prayers and incantations in 65 different languages via a touch screen. The free-to-use machine, designed by German artist […]

Stupidity in Colorado prison administration

An amusing item was posted by Professor Edith Hall on the CLASSICS-L list yesterday, which came into LT-ANTIQ as well: Meanwhile, proof has arrived of the potency of our subject. One of my PhD students, Katie Billotte, sent a copy of a scholarly book I published as a sedate OUP monograph in 1989, “Inventing the […]

Following Jesus ever more closely … ouch

I’ve just seen the website of St. Marys, Bletchley, which has the slogan: Following Jesus ever more closely Just like this: Hmm.  It’s probably my warped sense of humour, but this conjured up quite an image. Following Jesus closely… And more closely … And still more closely … And … ouch! I have this picture […]

From my diary

I have taken another step to prepare for my forthcoming trip to Israel, visiting Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Galilee, etc.  It is a step that may strike fear into the hearts of many.  I have bought a pair of swimming trunks. I promise not to post pictures.  Lady readers might be overcome. UPDATE: The internet […]



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