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> Apparently on date Sun, 10 Jul 2005 05:34:35 GMT, "IEJ"
> <Inger_ejohansson@xxxxxxxxx> said:
>>"deowll" <deowll@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> skrev i meddelandet
>>> "Alaca" <P.Alaca@xxxxxxx> wrote in message
>>> > IEJ wrote: WoZze.141782$dP1.494952@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx,
>>> > faded a bit.
>>> >> I have been thinking about a 'detail' question, maybe not important,
>>> >> but here it goes: did the Roman wear any kind of socks in cold
>>> >> climate ...
>>> > No and, more excitingly, no pants.
>>> > But they had very long johns.
>>> > Was that the 'detail' you was thinking about?
>>> They wore socks up near Hadrians wall. They've got some of the socks and
>>> they've got letters about socks.
>>Now to the detail. or small details. What was the socks made of and how
>>they keep them clean (and soft) enough not to caught (gall-)sores? If one
>>today walk over long distances each and other hour one need to make
>>arrangements, change socks clean feet etc etc. Otherwise the long walk in
>>the end would be a pain. But how did the Romans prevent that? Never read
>>anything about those details.
> Well it was something they were doing regularly so you can be sure they
> developed their footwear to suit this activity.
> One thing I am struck by is the poor design of their socks. It seems they
> them in the more northerly latitudes but really rather poor types and
> this, to
> me, indicates they were new to the concept of socks.
I think you can find some evidence that they sometimes acquired things like
cloaks, blankets, socks, etc from local sources both because of the nature
of the items themselves and in what few written texts we have from the time.
If if a wife, lover, or slave made them the garments might still be local
because the female had been picked up locally.
> For the rest I think they had baths and when they entered a house they had
> pools to wash their feet in. Also fords. I suspect this was the primary
> they did for foot care, washing them regularly. Sandles would work well in
> context as they dry out quicker than boots, allow the feet to breathe,
> Socks would not.
Change socks. Wash socks.