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New Methods in Engineering Greek Theatrical Masks

By Sophia S. Dill

Helmet masks have been used in theatrical performance for centuries. Evidence for ancient Greek theatrical masks comes from contemporary texts and imagery, but no actual masks have been found. The best evidence suggests that Greek masks were constructed of linen hardened with glue. Since 2006, full helmet masks have been worn in Randolph College’s original-practices Greek Play series. Using the limited evidence for how the masks were once constructed, researchers have created and continuously updated a method for construction.

The Dates of Roman Triumphs and the Nundinae

By John Morgan

Using the recent determination of the pattern of leap years in the Roman civil calendar between 41 BCE and 8 BCE and the epigraphically attested dates of 27 triumphs from 45 BCE to 19 BCE on the Fasti Triumphales Capitolini and the Fasti Triumphales Barberiniani, I shall demonstrate that the Romans avoided scheduling triumphal processions through the streets of Rome on the nundinae, the market-day of their 8-day “week”.