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Aphrodite with a Sandal, Pan and Eros

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Sandalium


(σανδάλιον and σάνδαλιν). A Greek covering for the foot, worn principally by women, consisting of a thick sole of wood, cork, or leather, with a strap carried over the foot in front of the socket of the great toe, passed between this and the second toe, and tied to the other bands fastened to the edge of the sole before and behind. The back was supported by strap-work, which was often very neatly intertwined above the ankles.

Soles of the more simple kind were bound underneath the foot by a strap running crosswise over the instep, or by two straps fastened to the side-edges and tied together in a knot or by a clasp. Soles were also worn, which were provided with a close-fitting piece of leather at the heel and with a piece of leather, sometimes broad, at the sides. These last were so laced together by straps round the ankles that the toes and the flat of the foot remained uncovered

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