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The scholarly journal Methodos: Savoirs et Textes is an annual journal with a resolutely interdisciplinary perspective, first published in January 2001. Born from the encounters of historians of science, philosophers and philologists in the Joint Research Unit “Savoirs, textes, langage” (UMR 8163, STL—part of the CNRS and the University of Lille), Methodos is open to the different disciplines represented in this research laboratory (i.e., classical philology, history of science and philosophy), provided that proposed studies proceed from textual work.

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Gelan. Rire, faire rire, penser le rire

Mots, concepts et pratiques du comique et du ludique dans les textes antiques
Gelan. Laughing, making people laugh, theorizing laughter: comicality and playfulness between words, concepts, and practices in ancient texts
Edited by Anne de Cremoux, Louise Bouly de Lesdain and Valentin Decloquement

The “comic”,  “funny”, “humorous”, “ironic” dimensions of ancient works have often been the focus of modern scholarship and the subject of several published volumes and articles. Nevertheless, there have been no comprehensive studies that explore both the ancient terms themselves and how to make these useful for the evaluation of ancient literature in a way that examines their heuristic value, with the goal of arriving at more objective interpretations. Since defining the comic remains a fundamental problem, conceptual tools are still needed so as to better identify and appreciate content of this kind in ancient works. The aim of this thematic dossier is thus to refine the tools and methods that would permit such analyses. From the per-spective of literary, rhetorical, and philosophical studies, the articles in this dossier adopt two approaches:
     - focusing on specific ancient works and thoroughly examining which criteria determine whether an ancient text can be regarded as funny, or comical, and whether the ancient and mod-ern concepts used for analysis are relevant;
     - examining ancient conception(s) of comicality and funniness as such, contrasting them with modern terminology and definitions.

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