I think the "You can quote several Greek texts"... dot point that Del asked I make the "Specific names to drop" dot point a sidenote to might look better as follows:
- You can quote several Greek texts and take delight in doing so. You know the works of a few ancient Greek writers and the names of a lot more of them, which you are happy to name-drop and wave in the faces of those around you (see sidenote). Specific names to drop could be:
- oratory (ie making speeches) ; Cicero ... 'Even Cicero could not have improved that speech'
- poetry ; refer to someone as 'a second Ovid', or 'our Dante'
- geometry ; emphasise how impressive modern, Italian style fortifications are, with their precise geometry, ravelins, counterscarps and so on.
- philosophy ; emphasise you aren't one of Aristotle's Monkeys (like a scholastic, but that Plato is far superior to him).
Can we get a basic list of Humanist Texts for SCA people in here somewhere ?
I've got a well-thumbed copy of Castiglione, and I guess Guiccardini's History of Italy could go in there somewhere.
We should probably avoid some of Ficino's more erm Applied Philosophy works.
Be aware that Humanism wasn't just a "textual" movement. It involved art, literature, dance, etc. I'll go through my list over the weekend and see what I can come up with.