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    What does it mean? Help me!

    I'm working on an Aiken's poem: Dead Cleopatra.
    There's a verse I can't understand: "Her tatbebs, it is said, are worn with sands". Can someone help me?
    Thank you very much


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    Re: What does it mean? Help me!

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I'm working on an Aiken's poem: Dead Cleopatra.
    There's a verse I can't understand: "Her tatbebs, it is said, are worn with sands". Can someone help me?
    Thank you very much
    The word also appears in something by Theophile Gautier, where it is clear that it refers to sandals. So Cleopatra's sandals had been worn by walking on the sands of Egypt.


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    Re: What does it mean? Help me!

    I thank you for your precious help..
    Kind regards

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    Re: What does it mean? Help me!

    the mirror which reflects so many charming images; the buskin or tatbeb which clasps a divine little foot:
    I found this here: Reflections on Great Literature: Theophile Gautier

    bus-kin (buskin)n. 1. A foot and leg covering reaching halfway to the knee, resembling a laced half boot. 2. A thick-soled laced half boot worn by actors of Greek and Roman tragedies. Tragedy, especially that which resembles a Greek tragedy.

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