Roman Masks

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Roman Masks

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Roman Masks


Roman Masks

Roman Masks played an important part in Ancient Roman Plays and the Roman Theatre. An actor's entire head was covered by his mask, which included his hair, so the Roman mask was quite large. The design of the mask was quite simple and they were made from were made cheap materials such as linen or cork. They had big holes for the mouth and the eyes. The Roman masks, like the Greek masks that they emulated, were used for many reasons:

  • The masks were large and portrayed exaggerated expressions which could be seen from the back of the theatre so the audience could tell how the character was feeling
  • The Mask amplified the actor’s voice, making it possible to hear him everywhere in the theatre
  • The mask easily conveyed emotions to the audience so they knew if a character was happy, sad,  upset, tired, or scared
  • The Tragic mask carried mournful or pained expressions
  • Comic masks were smiling or leering
    • Over time the comedic masks became grotesquely exaggerated
  • Masks allowed the actors to play multiple parts and roles
    • The masks could be personalized for each character
  • Status and character were easily conveyed
  • The masks were color coded, brown for men and white for women

Roman Masks
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Roman Masks

 
Roman Masks

  • History, Facts and information about Roman Masks
  • The times and people of Ancient Rome
  • Reasons for wearing masks in the theatre
  • The society, culture and life of the Romans
  • Theatre in Ancient Rome
  • Roman Masks
  • Ancient history, facts and interesting information about the Roman Theatre

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