φιλόγελως -> the lover of laughter, laughter lover, Philogelos

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φιλόγελως -> the lover of laughter, laughter lover

Excerpts from Philogelos, "The Lover of Laughter," a 4th-cent. C.E. collection of 265 jokes:
Is this translation any good B.?

No. 187: An ill-tempered astrologer cast the horoscope of a sick boy, promised his mother that he would live for a long time, then demanded his fee. "Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you then." "But what happens to my fee if he dies in the night?"

No. 201: On returning from a trip, someone asked a charlatan prophet how his family was. "They are all well, especially your father." "But my father’s been dead for ten years!" "Ah, clearly you do not know your real father."

No. 202: Having cast a boy’s horoscope, a charlatan prophet predicted that he would be first a lawyer, then a city prefect, and finally a provincial governor. But the boy died. His mother came back and remonstrated, "My son has died, the one you said would be a lawyer and prefect and governor." "I swear by his memory," responded the prophet, "he would have been all of those things had he lived!"

No. 203: Someone went to a charlatan prophet and inquired if his rival would come back from a voyage. The prophet promised that he could not. But the man found out a few days later that he had come back. "Well," said the prophet, "how shameless can you get?"

Σχολαστικοί

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Σχολαστικὸς κολυμβᾶν βουλόμενος παρὰ μικρὸν ἐπνίγνη· ὤμοσεν οὖν μὴ ἅψασθαι ὕδατος, ἐὰν μὴ πρῶτον μάθηι κολυμβᾶν.

3
Σχολαστικῶι τις ἰατρῶι προσελθὼν εἶπεν· ἰατρέ, ὅταν ἀναστῶ ἐκ τοῦ ὕπνου, ἡμιώριον ἐσκότωμαι καὶ εἶθ᾽ οὕτως ἀποκαθίσταμαι. καὶ ὁ ἰατρός· μετὰ τὸ ἡμιώριον ἐγείρου.

7
Σχολαστικῶι τὴν σταφύλην τμηθέντι παρήγγειλεν ὁ ἰατρὸς μὴ λαλεῖν. ὁ δὲ τῶι δούλωι ἐπέταξεν ἀντασπάζεσθαι ἀντ᾽ αὐτοῦ τοὺς προσαγορεύοντας. εἶτα αὐτὸς πρὸς ἕκαστον λεγε· μὴ πρὸς ὕβριν αὐτὸ δέξηι, εἰ ὁ δοῦλός μου ἀντ᾽ ἀμοῦ σε ἀσπάζεται· ἐκέλευσε γάρ με ὁ ἰατρὸς μὴ λαλεῖν.

55
Σχολαστικὸς εὐτράπελος ἀπορῶν δαπανημάτων τὰ βιβλία αὐτοῦ ἐπίπρασκε· καὶ γράφων πρὸς τὸν πατέρα ἔλεγε· σύγχαιρε ἡμῖν, πάτερ, ἤδη γὰρ ἡμᾶς τὰ βιβλία τρέφει.

56
Σχολαστικὸς καὶ φαλακρὸς καὶ κουρεύς συνοδεύοντες καὶ ἔν τινι ἐρημίαι μείναντες συνέθεντο πρὸς τέσσαρας ὥρας ἀγρυπνῆσαι καὶ τὰ σκεύη ἕκαστος τηρῆσαι. ὣς δὲ ἔλαχε τῶι κουρεῖ πρώτωι φυλάξαι, μετεωρισθῆναι θέλων τὸν σχολαστικὸν καθεύδοντα ἔξυρεν καὶ τῶν ὡρῶν πληρωθεισῶν διύπνισεν. ὁ δὲ σχολαστικὸς ψήχων ὡς ἀπὸ ὕπνου τὴν κεφαλὴν καὶ εὑρὼν ἑαυτὸν ψιλόν· μέγα κάθαρμα, φησίν, ὁ κουρεύς πλανηθεὶς γὰρ ἀντ᾽ ἐμοῦ τὸν φαλακρὸν ἐξύπνισεν.

66
Σχολαστικὸς ἐν ποταμῶι θεασάμενος ἁλιάδα σίτου μεστὴν καὶ βεβαρημένην· ἐὰν μικρόν, εἶπεν, ὁ ποταμὸς αὐξήσηι, βυθισθήσεται.

80
Σχολαστικοῦ πλέοντος ἐκινδύνευεν ὐπὸ χειμῶνος τὸ πλοῖον. τῶν δὲ συμπλεόντων ἀπορριπτούντων ἐκ τῶν σκευῶν, ἵνα κουφισθῆι τὸ πλοῖον. κἀκείνωι τὸ αὐτὸ ποιεῖν παραινούντων, ὁ δὲ ἔχων χειρόγραφον ἑκατὸν πεντήκοντα μυριάδων, τὰς πεντήκοντα ἀπαλείψας· ἴδε φησίν, ὅσοις χρήμασιν ἐπεκούφισα τὴν ναῦν.

255
Σχολαστικὸς μαθών, ὅτι ὁ κόραξ ὑπὲρ τὰ διακόσια ἔτη ζῆι, ἀγοράσας κόρακα εἰς ἀπόπειραν ἔτρεφεν.

 
Φιλάργυροι

104
Φιλάργυρος διαθήκας γράφων ἑαυτὸν κληρονόμον ἔταξεν.

 
[Ἀλαζόνες]

108
Ἀλαζὼν ἐν ἀγορᾶι παῖδα ἑαυτοῦ θεασάμενος ἐκ τοῦ ἀγροῦ νεωστὶ ἐληλυθότα εἶπε· τί ποιοῦσι τὰ πρόβατα; ὁ δὲ εἶπε· τὸ μὲν καθεύδει, τὸ δὲ ἵσταται.

 
[Μωροί]

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Μωρὸς ἀκούσας, ὅτι ἐν Ἅιδου δίκαια κριτήρια, πρᾶγμα ἔχων ἀπήγξατο.

 
[Ἀβδηρῖται]

110
Ἐν Ἀβδήροις διηιρεῖτο ἡ πόλις εἰς δύο μέρη, οἵ τε πρὸς ἀνατολὰς οἰκοῦντες καὶ οἱ πρὸς δύσιν. πολεμίων οὖν ἄφνω τὴν πόλιν ἐφορμησάντων καὶ πάντων θορυβουμένων οἱ πρὸς τὸ ἀνατολικὸν οἰκοῦντες μέρος πρὸς ἀλλήλους ἔλεγον· ἡμεῖς μὴ θορυβηθῶμεν· οἱ γὰρ πολέμιοι ἐπὶ τὰς δυσικὰς εἰσέρχονται πύλας.

120
Ἀβδηρίτης ἀκούσας, ὅτι κρόμυα καὶ βολβοὶ φυσῶσιν, ἐν τῶι πλέειν αὐτὸν γαλήνης οὔσης πολλῆς, σάκκον πλήσας ἀπὸ τῆς πρύμνης ἐκρέμασεν.

 
[Σιδόνιοι]

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Σιδόνιος γραμματικὸς ἠρώτα τὸν +διδάσκαλον· ἡ πεντακότυλος λήκυθος πόσον χωρεῖ; ὁ δὲ εἶπεν· οἶνον λέγεις ἢ ἔλαινον;

 
Εὐτράπελοι

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Εὐτράπελος φλυάρου κουρέως ἐρωτήσαντος· πῶς σε κείρω; - σιωπῶν, ἔφη.

 
[Κυμαῖοι]

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Κυμαῖος ἐν τῶι κολυμβᾶν βροχῆς γενομένης δία τὸ μὴ βραχῆναι εἰς τὸ βάθος κατέδυ.

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Κυμαῖος θυρίδας ἀγοράζων ἠρώτα, εἰ δύνανται πρὸς μεσημβρίαν βλέπειν.

http://www.hs-augsburg.de/~harsch/graeca/Chronologia/S_post05/Philogelos/phg_text.html
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Yes, the translations you quote are well done.  They are from the complete translation by Barry Baldwin, The Philogelos or Laughter-Lover, London Studies in Classical Philology 10 (Amsterdam 1983).

As for the text, there's a newer (Teubner) edition by R.D. Dawe (Munich/Leipzig 2000) .



 

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