Humour as a Conduit of Political Subversion in Rome

Classics, Medieval and Early Modern Studies: Tracing Humour Conference (Jun 4, 2020)
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The hypothesis that approaches the use of humour throughout the ages as something approximating a coping mechanism, has been subject to a long-standing discussion in what is known as humour studies. In this particular essay, by looking through the spectacles of one of the discipline’s theories, called relief theory, I will attempt to find out whether humour was used to lighten the weight of oppression in Imperial Rome, and can thus corroborate this hypothesis.
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