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Allen and Greenough/ New Latin Grammar

Measures of Value, etc.

636. The Roman Measures of Length are the following: —

    12 inches (unciae) =1 Roman Foot (pēs: 11.65 English inches).

    1 1/2 Feet=1 Cubit ( cubitum).—2 1/2 Feet=1 Step ( gradus).

    5 Feet=1 Pace (passus).—1000 Paces (mīlle passuum)= 1 Mile.

The Roman mile was equal to 4850 English feet.

The iūgerum, or unit of measure of land, was an area of 240 (Roman) feet long and 120 broad; a little less than 2/3 of an English acre.

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