The Origin of Jokes
The first semblances of the “Joke” is said to have been originated in ancient Greece by Palamedes, who legendarily outwitted Odysseus before the Trojan War.
The first comedy club is formed. It is called the “Group of Sixty” and convenes at the temple of Heracles to swap jokes and witticisms.
Roman playwright Plautus suggests the use of “jest books” in some of his works. Other Romans, such as Melissus, begin compiling collections of jokes.
The Philogelos, which is the earliest jokebook known to exist today
500- 999 AD
The Philogelos disappears from existence and so does most humor throughout western Europe.
However, humour is still seen through folktales in Islamic culture, which makes its way to the southern Mediterranean countries.
The “Joke” is reborn during the Renaissance.
In Italy, Italian humanist Poggio Bracciolini (1380-1459) creates
his best known book of jokes, the Liber Facetiarum or Facetia. This
collection contains 273 humorous anecdotes,
This is the first time a humorous work of this kind is published in Europe.