Where Did the Word “Personality” Come From and How Did the Word “Persona” Originate?

In the Greek and Roman theatres, actors wore masks to indicate the different characters they were playing.

The Latin word for mask, persona, came to mean a personality other than that of the actor.

Today, persona, or personality, still refers to the mask a person wears to hide his or her true character while playing a role for the outside world.

where did the word personality come from and how did the word persona originate
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