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Roman Weights and Measures

Many units of measurements in the modern western world (UK and USA), have a direct relationship dating back to the Romans. The modern mile, pound (lb for libra) and ounce (uncia) are all directly traceable. Some other similarities, such as the width of rail road rails, is said to correspond directly to groove marks left in Roman roads, but this theory is widely debated.

The following chart lists the basic units of measurements used by the Romans. It is interesting to see how the American and old British systems, as tedious as it can be vs. the Metric, is so closely related.




Roman Weights and Measures

Weight Measurements

Unit

Roman Equivelant

Description

Modern

Libra

12 uncia

Meaning balance. The abbreviation for the modern pound (lb.) has its roots directly to the Roman unit.

3/4 pound or 336 grams.

As

6 uncia

Also the base unit of the Roman coinage system.

none

Uncia

Base Unit

Both modern inch and ounce are derived from the Roman uncia.

1 modern ounce or 28 grams.

Did you know?

Aediles were responsible for the supervision of water supplies and administration of public market and weights and measures.


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