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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes. 1906.

Vol. XV: Greek—Roman—Oriental

William Hayes Ward. 1835–1916. Introduction: Humor in Classic Literature
Homer. fl. 850 B.C. The Beating of Thersites
The Battle of the Frogs and Mice
Æsop. c. 620–560 B.C. The Wolf and the Lamb
The Fox and the Stork
The Frog and the Ox
The Mountain in Labor
The Goat and the Fox
The Dog and His Shadow
Aristophanes. c. 448–c. 388 B.C. The Passage of the Styx
The New City
Theophrastus. c. 371–287 B.C. Of Vainglory
Of Slovenliness
Of Loquacity
Lucian. c. 125–after 180. Sailing on Treetops
A Question of Precedence
Odysseus’s Trick on Polyphemus
The Olympians Discuss the Philosophers
The Greek Anthology. Darkness (Lucian)
Cures for Love (Crates)
Beer (Julian)
Grammar and Medicine (Agathias)
A Singer (Nearchus)
An Epitaph (Ammianus)
Envy (Lucilius)
A Professor with a Small Class (Lucilius)
False Charms (Lucilius)
A Schoolmaster with a Gay Wife (Lucilius)
Board or Lodging (Lucilius)
Convenient Partnership (Anonymous)
Long and Short (Anonymous)
The Lerneans (Anonymous)
Perplexity (Anonymous)
Plautus. c. 254–184 B.C. Military Swagger
The Suspicious Miser
Terence. c. 195/185–159 B.C. Parasites and Gnathonites
Catullus. c. 84–c. 54 B.C. The Roman Cockney
A Fixed Smile
Horace. 65–8 B.C. Obtrusive Company on the Sacred Way
On Praise and Punishments
Town Mouse and Country Mouse
The Poet Appreciated
Blessings of Wisdom and Wealth
Petronius. c. 27–66. An Ingenious Cook
Persius. 34–62. Poetic Fame
Martial. c. 40–c. 104. Epigrams
Juvenal. c. 40–125. Cosmetic Disguise
The Emperor’s Turbot
On Domineering Wives
Apuleius. c. 125–c. 180. Metamorphosis
Vicissitudes of a Donkey
William Hayes Ward. 1835–1916. Introduction: The Humor of the East
Vishnu Sharma (Pilpay). c. 1,000 B.C.? The Elephant Devoured by Jackals
A Lion Tricked by a Rabbit
The Blue Jackal
Kalidasa. fl. 5th Century. Hunting with a King
Unknown Author. c. First Century. The Creation of Woman
The Old Testament. Jotham’s Fable of the Trees
Sayings from the Talmud.
Bar-Hebraeus (Abu’l-Faraj Gregorius). 1226–1286. Advice of Physicians
Pleasantries of Comedians
The Thousand and One Nights. The Barmecide’s Feast
The Husband and the Parrot
The Glass Merchant’s Dream
Bakbarah’s Visit to the Harem
Nabegat Ben Jaid. 542–662. Temper
Caliph Yazid I. c. 642–683. Answer to a Reproach for Drunkenness
Mashdud. 9th Century. The Monks of Khabbet
Ali Ben Abd. 11th Century. To an Inconsistent Fair
Arabian Riddle. Fire
Nasir-Ed-Din. 14th Century. Jests and Pranks
Mirza Fet-Ali. Mid-19th Century. The Sieve
Omar Khayyám. 1048–1131. The Pots Criticize the Potter
Firdausi. c. 940–1020. Epigram on Sultan Mahmoud
Sadi. c. 1213–1291. Discomfort Better than Drowning
The Strict Schoolmaster and the Mild
Hatefulness of Old Husbands
Jalal ad-Din Rumi. 1207–1273. The Sick Schoolmaster
The Invalid and his Deaf Visitor
Old Age
Abu-Ishak. 15th Century. Parody on Hafiz
Do-Pyazah. 16th Century. Definitions
Diving for an Egg
Confucius. 551–479 B.C. Sayings from the Analects
Chwang Tze. 4th Century B.C. Life, Death, and Immortality
The Pleasure of Fishes
Sung Yu. 4th Century B.C. Popularity
Li Bai. 701–762. Intoxication
Anonymous Author. 18th Century. Civility
Yuan Mei. 1716–1797. A Stanza for a Tobacco-Pouch
Popular Novel. The Courtship of Two Shadows
Murasaki Shikibu. b. 978? A Homily on Women
Popular Farce. Abstraction
Kiokutei Bakin. 1767–1848. On Clothes and Comforts
Legendary Tale. The Rabbit’s Eye