Roman Whores and Finding the Right Persona

Roman prostitutes persona development

Honesta Domina Calpurnia Fortunata and I start to dig in to the nuts and bolts of crafting a persona in the SCA. We discuss how to get started and how to know when you’ve finally got the right fit. Then we delve into our personas a bit and discuss the ins and outs of sex work in the Roman era.

Show Notes

The Renaissance Courtesan in Words, Letters, and Images is an amazing resource to dig into if you’re looking to learn more about Italian Renaissance Courtesans. Hats off in particular to Zufolina, who rocked being genderqueer in the 16th c. Especially since the dudes back then didn’t get it. <3

Persona Questions – Including a scoring system to see how well you’re doing on your persona development. This questionnaire really helps you flesh out the historical world your persona inhabits. A great roadmap for your research.

Uta Hagen’s 9 Questions – Are a tool for actors that can be used by anyone taking on a role to help understand the character you’re trying to inhabit. This helps you think about your persona’s inner life, including their goals and desires.

Learn more about the history of prostitution on Mistress Magdalena’s website, lupinarium.com.

Rare fragrance ingredients are still a problem for modern perfumers.

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Episode Credits

Sound Engineering: Evan Meier

  • Intro Music: The King of Denmark’s Galliard, written by John Dowland and published in 1604 in Lachrimæ, or Seaven Teares. Perfomed by I Solipsisti. Provided by MusOpen. Sounds provided by ZapSplat and AmbientMixer.
  • Courtesan Theatre: Concerto for 2 Trumpets in C major, RV. 537 (Rondeau arr.) – I. Allegro, written by Antonio Vivaldi. Performed by Michel Rondeau. Provided by MusOpen. Mistress Nichols Almand, written by John Dowland and published in 1604 in Lachrimæ, or Seaven Teares. Perfomed by I Solipsisti. Provided by MusOpen. Original performance by Lord Gideon ap Stephen.
  • Life Hacks for Courtiers: Mr. John Langton’s Pavan, written by John Dowland and published in 1604 in Lachrimæ, or Seaven Teares. Perfomed by I Solipsisti. Provided by MusOpen. Mr. George Whitehead his Almand, written by John Dowland and published in 1604 in Lachrimæ, or Seaven Teares. Perfomed by I Solipsisti. Provided by MusOpen.

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