Methinks "they are jesters at the Court of Heaven."
Some of them played the part of professional jesters (like the later buffoons and court fools), and kept collections of witticisms ready for use at their patrons' table; others relied upon flattery, others again condescended to the most degrading devices (Plutarch, De adulatore, 23; De educatione puerorum, 17).
Cicero complains that all the jokes of the day were attributed to himself, including those made by very sorry jesters (Fam.
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