As Petronius claims, one of favorite plays of Romans was imitating animal voices, and people of certain professions, giving away their movements, gesticulations or way of speech. It seems that the barbers or hairdressers were very well-suited due to their verbosity.
The virtuosity’s culmination was imitating several people at once with different voices, for example showing a scene that reflected the buzz in barbers shop.
Petronius, Uczta Trymalchiona
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