(London Daily Mail) It's a classic line from Monty Python's Life of Brian – 'What have the Romans ever done for us?'
Well now, alongside sanitation, education, irrigation and roads we can add comedy. It appears that many of our favourite jokes – including even the famous Python dead parrot sketch – can be traced back to the Romans.
According to historian Mary Beard, the sketch, in which John Cleese complains to a shopkeeper that the parrot he bought is an 'ex-parrot', originally made senators and emperors chuckle.
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