This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
Preface
a word on the text
The text of Philogelos comes to us from several manuscripts
ranging from the eleventh to the fifteenth centuries. They all differ
more or less from each other in the number, order, and actual
words of the jokes. All of them, of course, go back to a much earlier
archetype, probably (judging from content and language) from the
fourth century C.E.
The collection included some jokes from an earlier era, and
undoubtedly acquired a few extra jokes as the centuries rolled by,
but the main body of the text belongs to the age of Constantine,
when the ancient civilization was still in full swing, though somewhat
battered and bruised from barbarian invasions and internal conflicts.
The world was not yet Christian (though there were plenty of
Christians about), and the ancient gods were still paid their due.
The task of an editor is to collate the relevant manuscripts and to
reconstruct (as nearly as possible) the archetypal text. This has
been most recently accomplished by R.W. Dawe, whose Teubner
edition of 2000 deserves much praise.
In my translation of Philogelos I’ve followed Dawe’s Greek text most
of the way. Where I’ve decided on a variant reading of my own,
or interpolated a word or two (for the sake of the humor, mostly),
it’s thanks to Dawe’s testimony to the full range of those other
possibilities.
Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96
Produced with Yudu - www.yudu.com