The Roman measurements and units did not follow a decimal system. Instead, the Romans based length measurements on the proportions of the human body. The units for weight and volume were based on a system of twelve, the smallest unit of which was the ounce (0,27 grams or 0,27 liters).
1 pound = 12 ounces; 1 cup = 12 ounces
Ancient Rome used also a different currency system. But that is a story for another time. Let`s now look at the different Roman measurements and units for length and volume!
Roman Meassurements for Lenght
|1 Mile (mille passuum)||1000 Double steps||4858,8 ft / 1481 m|
|1 Double step (passus)||5 Roman feet||4,85 ft / 1,48 m|
|1 Foot (pes)||4 Hands||11,64 in / 29,57 cm|
|1 Hand (palmus)||4 Fingers||2,9 in / 7,39 cm|
|1 Finger (digitus)||——–||0,72 in / 1,84 cm|
Roman Volume Units
|1 Bag||160 Bowls||138,4 gal / 524 l|
|1 Bowl||12 Cups||10,38 gal / 39,29 l|
|1 Cup||12 Ounces||0,86 gal / 3,27 l|
|1 Ounce||———-||0,07 gal / 0,27 l|
Do you also want to learn about the prices and wages in Ancient Rome? Then please check out my article here!
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