Masks In Greek Tragedies

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The Greek term for mask is ‘prosopon (means face)’. Masks were commonly used in Greek comedies and tragedies because of the cult of the wine god, Dionysus. Wine can make you feel two feelings happiness or a dark and sad feeling. Masks were an important part in the way people worshiped Lord Dionysus at Athens; they were used in ceremonial celebrations too. Most of the proof comes from only a few vase paintings of the 5th century BC, like the one showing a mask of the god suspended from a tree with decorated robe hanging below it. This shows the actors were preparing for a Satyr play. No physical evidence of these masks is present, as the masks were made of organic materials and were not considered as permanent things. Most of them would ultimately

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