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Quote:Material found at the house of Simon the cobbler's 5th C workshop includes:
bone eyelets [url:3g6iduwj]http://www.agathe.gr/cgi-bin/image?lookup=2000.02.1074[/url], iron hobnails [url:3g6iduwj]http://www.agathe.gr/cgi-bin/image?lookup=2004.01.1528[/url],
whetstone [url:3g6iduwj]http://www.agathe.gr/cgi-bin/record?lookup=ST+670[/url],
and the base of a cup inscribed with Simon's name [url:3g6iduwj]http://www.agathe.gr/cgi-bin/image?lookup=2000.02.1076[/url].

Only noticed this now, very interesting! Thanks for posting!
However, note this:
"Notes: The page numbers and finds listed are an effort to put this "group" together; not really a defined closed deposit as much confusion between layer numbering and digging."
Not really a sure thing for the bone thingies to have anything to do with shoes, could have been beads for a nechlace or something just as well IMHO.
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Quote:Also sixth century havy soled boots from Elefsina Museum.

Great - thanks for sharing! The upper of those is quite similar to the sandal sole(?) you posted just before, btw.
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So what do you think the iphicratid was?
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After seen the sources and the great reconstructions here I am of the opinion that the
"Ificratid boot" was like the thacian boot minus the flaps and probaby very reinforced leather/skin around the calves. A reinforced beotian boot I think.
It might be a joke though ( :!: ) Ifikrates father was a ...shoemaker!!!!!
A remark perhaps in the way he decided to "chew" on state funds and help the family?

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Giannis I have searched half this thread looking for your reference to a cork sole you had seen in a museum. Please could you give more detail about this and perhaps photo/link/reference?
Regards Confusedmile:
Richard Robinson
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Hello Richard
The cork soles i saw were in the Aphipolis museum, and belonged to a child's shoes. They were probably the inner sole, and they had holes of stitching all the way around.
It is tricky to post photos here because i do not have access to my pc. Sorry.
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I have been googling images and though a search does turn up one angled image it is not labled at all so your infomation is brilliant. Thankyou

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richard
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Quote:After seen the sources and the great reconstructions here I am of the opinion that the
"Ificratid boot" was like the thacian boot minus the flaps and probaby very reinforced leather/skin around the calves. A reinforced beotian boot I think.
It might be a joke though ( :!: ) Ifikrates father was a ...shoemaker!!!!!
A remark perhaps in the way he decided to "chew" on state funds and help the family?

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That's very interesting, what is the purpose of such a design? The Thracian boot seems designed for cavalry use (or for walking in snow/cold eg on top of Thracian mountains). How would this design assist a man on foot, especially a peltast? Why was it an improvement?
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Quote:It might be a joke though ( :!: ) Ifikrates father was a ...shoemaker!!!!!
A remark perhaps in the way he decided to "chew" on state funds and help the family?

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That's a very interesting angle, although the Iphikratid is only mentioned by a Roman author long after Iphikrates died as one of his many inventions, so I think this unlikely. I never read that Iphikrates was supposed to be corrupt, although he was often asked to go on military expeditions without the funds to pay for them, so he had to ask for "donations" whereever he went.
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