homeric laughter


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Uncontrolled spasmodic laughter induced by mirthless stimuli, a symptom of organic brain disease that indicates a poor prognosis
DiffDx Homeric laughter may occur in multiple sclerosis, pseudobulbar palsy, epilepsy, intracranial hemorrhage, frontal lobotomy, and kuru, which causes ‘laughing death’

homeric laughter

Mirthless laughter Neurology Uncontrolled spasmodic laughter induced by mirthless stimuli, a symptom of organic brain disease that indicates a poor prognosis; HL may be seen in multiple sclerosis, pseudobulbar palsy, epilepsy, intracranial hemorrhage, frontal lobotomy, and kuru, which causes 'laughing death'.
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On Homeric laughter specifically, see Hewitt 1928, 437 and Fernandez-Galiano 1992, 195.
of Homeric laughter both masks and conveys the poet's emotional and
According to Daniel Levine, Homeric laughter may be a sign of "presumed eminence," as is the case with Penelope's suitors, but it may also denote a "real ...
And, as the section of "The Legacy of Homer" headed "Homeric Laughter" makes clear, vitality and conviction were often in short supply in the work of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts' most admired students.