Laughing at Numbers: Evidence for Numeracy in the “Philogelos”

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Kai Brodersen


Ancient numeracy is reasonably well attested in scientific sources. However, any study of applied mathematics faces the problem of a dearth of evidence. The paper suggests that the jokes collected in the “Philogelos” provide such evidence, and discusses the failings which are referred to in these jokes.


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Brodersen , K. (1). Laughing at Numbers: Evidence for Numeracy in the “Philogelos”. Symbolae Philologorum Posnaniensium Graecae Et Latinae, 30, 123–133.


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