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"Always open with a joke” is common advice for public speaking. But instead of getting ideas from contemporary stand-up comedians, you can turn to Cicero, one of ancient Rome’s finest and funniest orators.In a live, virtual Chats in the Stacks book talk, Michael Fontaine, professor of classics, will discuss How to Tell a Joke: An Ancient Guide to the Art of Humor (Princeton University Press, 2021). This lively new translation of Cicero—as well as the later Roman orator and educator Quintilian—examines the risks and rewards of humor, provides practical insight into how to write your own jokes, and appeals to anyone interested in the art of humor and public speaking.