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From the Learn-Something-New-Every-Day Dept:

"Open a playbill, and you're liable to see the characters listed under the heading 'Dramatis Personae,' the Latin for 'masks of the drama.' In ancient Greek theatre, actors wore masks in part to symbolize their character in a given play, but also because the masks were built to project sound outward. In fact, the root of the word mask, 'persona' can be broken down into 'per,' which means through, and 'son' a root word for sound."
 

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I knew about the masks but didn’t know that they projected sound although it makes sense that they would design them that way.

Another one is that Tragedy has specific elements and meaning in literature although it’s long since been expanded to include things such as a two-four falling from the tailgate of a half ton and busting all the bottles.
 

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Something's off here. The Ancient Greeks spoke (Ancient) Greek, not Latin.
I guess the Romans were big fans of Greek drama. Kinda like a kid watching a black and white movie. You'd think they find it boring after feeding christains to the lions...
 

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Hey Kapn. You need to start a new thread, “Learn something new everyday”. This would be educational, informative and entertaining.

The ball is in your court! Slam dunk it. :D
 
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