On 09/10/2015 21:30, Lyle E. Browning wrote:
> The Illustrated Manuscripts that I have seen info about recently had doodles that were decidedly ribald as well as some graffiti from the recently publicized project. Also, churches and other buildings from the early medieval have ribald to rude artwork hidden away, or not so hidden.
> How to interpret an artifact is the problem. What may seem rude to us may have had entirely different meaning(s) when it was created and then afterward.
I know exactly what you mean. Humour is one of those things that gets
less understandable the closer you examine it. And indeed less funny.
> I realize this is all rather “basic” but without the art forms to interpret, such as Iron Age, it is a difficult task to recreate any form of cogent meaning that would have general agreement.
> Lyle Browning
But sex is always funny (at least that's what my wife says).
>> On Oct 9, 2015, at 3:46 PM, Michael <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Does anyone have any idea what Iron-age British humour was like?
>> Was it different to Greek or Roman?
>> - do we have any examples of artefacts that are humorous?
>> - do we have any idea what things are humorous irrespective of culture?
>> - does any ancient writer say something akin to "I heard a really good joke from a barbarian"?
>> - do we know what we now laugh at which the ancients would not?
>> Or what about Anglo Saxon humour?
>> Or medieval Humour?
>> ... Norse, Irish, Norman.
>> What is the earliest accepted humorous object or text?