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October 29, 2004


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A nice little piece of analysis ; but I am not exactly sure why the facial hair in the Greek depiction of the mask would really obstruct the voice. It is much more likely that the Roman fresco is attempting to assert more realism and humanity in their mask, The Romans in all their self-declared genius would have wanted to present themselves as even more refined and dignified than the Greeks, thus creating a true human mask. The problem is of course that this misses the point; the Greeks wanted masks that showed a chractiture rather than human likeness(if not then you might as well use simply the human face rather than a inferior mask), the Romans in their arogance really 'shot themselves in the foot'!

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