From F. J. Wedgwood [1867–72]1
A passage from Seneca’s Letters, which seems to me to establish the fact that hiding the face, as a sign of shame, was not a classical gesture.
“Players who imitate the effect of various passions, imitate shame in this manner— they hang their heads lower their words, fix their eyes on the ground & keep them lowered, but they are unable to blush—this can neither be prevented, nor done at will” Sen. Ep. 11. 52
Artifices scenici, qui imitantur affectus—hoc indicio imitantur verecundiam, dejiciunt vultam, verba submittunt, figunt in terram oculos, et deprimunt, ruborem sibi exprimere non possunt;— nec prohibetur hic, nec adducitur.
Extract from Seneca’s letters establishes that hiding the face in shame was not a classical gesture.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7062,” accessed on 26 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7062