|14 aBased on the old heathen Roman idea called division of labor,
15 Except that it was completely different, of course.
16 bUnder the old heathen Roman way, Patricians would think up some huge project, and then the plebeians would do it.
17 cUnder the new Renaissance way, called "patronage," popes, nobles, and other Christians who had lots of land and money and buildings would think up an art project, and then a Giant would do it,
18 dWhile the "patrons" watched,
19 eAnd pointed out mistakes,
20 fAnd made other kinds of constructive criticism,
21 gAnd looked at their watches a lot.
22 This eventually came to be called 'The Agony and the Ecstasy,'
23 Which was divided up in such a way that the Patrons got all the hEcstasy,
24 While the Giants got all the iAgony.
CHAPTER 111 Art and science weren't the only things that Giants played with in the Renaissance. They also had a lot of fun with jphilosophy, now called religion and politics, which the Giants frequently got mixed up with another old Greek and Roman invention, namely, kcomedy.
||2 For example, there was a Giant named lLuther who was very interested in religion and politics and thought the church was taking itself much too seriously,
3 Which convinced him that what the church really needed was a good joke.
4 So he nailed a list of jokes called "The 95 Theses" to the front door of a cathedral and waited for the church to start laughing,
5 Which it did,
6 Convincing Luther to try an even bigger joke,
7 Named "The Reformation,"
8 Which consisted of Luther starting his own church,
9 mAnd naming it after himself,
10 Which turned out to be so much fun that a lot of other Giants did it too,
11 nIncluding the nation called England.
12 This amused the church - now called the Roman Catholic Church to distinguish it from all the funny new churches - so much that it decided to try some jokes of its own,
13 Like the oBorgia popes,
14 Who thought it would be hilarious to be a pope who killed people,
15 And so they did.
16 Nor was this the only joke thought up by the Borgia popes.
17 For example, they also thought it would be fun to borrow the concept called p"the divine right of kings" and have popes who were succeeded by their own sons,
18 And so they did,
19 Which proved to everybody that the Roman Catholic Church was funny enough to stay in business in its own right,