). This is sometimes
used as a generic term for a closed boot, so called because one's foot
“got into” (ἐμβαίνειν
it, and it was not merely fastened to the foot like a sandal. Thus, when
) says that the Persian ὑποδήματα
were similar to Boeotian ἐμβάδες,
the latter term is as general as the
former. Again, in Lucian (Rhet. Praec.
ἡ ἐμβὰς Σικυωνία
) the word ἐμβὰς
is quite general; the Latins used
without any substantive to
describe this kind of boot (Lucr. 4.1125
at Athens ἐμβὰς
had a special
signification; it was a cheap sort of boot first manufactured in Thrace, and
in kind (ἰδέαν
) like low κόθορνοι
(Poll. 7.85). (The latter, as we have
closed--in boots with rectangular soles, often wooden.) These ἐμβάδες
were worn by men (Suidas, s. v.
Aristoph. Eccl. 47
, &c.) and by
the poorer classes (cf. Aristoph. Wasps
): thus, in Isaeus (de Dicaeog. her.
11) a man who has impoverished another reproaches him with wearing ἐμβάδες καὶ τριβώνια.
distinctions already alluded to [COTHURNUS
] which have been drawn between ἐμβάδες
applied to the stage boot, are for the most part reconciled by Reimar on
D. C. 63.8
, who shows that ἐμβάται
applied to the tragic boot, while ἐμβάδες
applied to the boot of comedy; but as it
is also sometimes used for boots in general, it can be applied to the tragic
buskin, as it is by Lucian (Gall.
§ 26; cf.