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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  1. I agree that facial hair really would have no effect on voice projection!
    But I believe the Romans actually moved away from realism rather than towards it. The Greek masks were ambiguous and were highly naturalistic so that many emotions could be expressed through them. The Romans, on the other hand, limited the emotional possibilities of their masks by giving them a single expression. The Greeks loved questions and ambiguity – the Romans liked absolutes.

    29 Oct 2004, 10:41

  2. Being the master of beard that i am i can tell you that beards DO have an effect on voice…observe :

    Have long beard – will stroke – pulls facial muscles down giving you a larger mouth because of the stretched skin which = a larger mouth so larger projection

    stands proud and manly.....yet realises how big my mouth has become as of years of beard strokeage

    29 Oct 2004, 17:17


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