Ancient Weights and Measures [Paperback]

W.M. Flinders Petrie (Author)

ISBN: 9798888570104 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Series: Oxbow Classics in Egyptology | Volume: 6 | Year of Publication: 2023 | Language: English 110p, H296 x W210 (mm) Fully illustrated

Ancient Weights and Measures


This facsimile volume of detailed catalogues prepared by Sir Flinders Petrie of ancient weights and measures, is based on examination of over 4,000 Egyptian weights within his collections. Eight standards have been identified and are described. The text discusses forms, multiples and fractions of standard weights, materials, and evidence for the adoption of different standards. A much smaller collection of steelyards, measures of capacity, lineal measures, and balances is also described and illustrated.

This volume is part of a new series comprising facsimile re-issues of typological catalogues produced between 1898 and 1937 by W. M. Flinders Petrie, based on his vast collection of Egyptian artefacts. Mostly excavated by Petrie during many seasons of campaign in the latter years of the 19th and early decades of the 20th century, these artefacts now reside in the Petrie Museum at University College, London. Long out of print, the catalogues were re-issued in facsimile by publishers Aris & Phillips in the 1970s alongside newly-commissioned titles, based on more recent examination of elements of the Petrie Collection by contemporary experts. The Oxbow Classics in Egyptology series makes a selection of these important resources available again in print for a new generation of students and scholars.

Table of Contents

1. The forms of weights
2. Multiples and fractions
3. System of the catalogue
4. The Daric or ’Babylonian’
5. The stater or ‘Attic’
6. The Qedet or ’Egyptian’
7. The Necef
8. The Khoirine or ‘Persian’
9. The Beqa or ‘Aeginetan’
10. The Sela or ‘Phoenician’
11. The weights of Gezer
12. The metal weights
13. The Indo-Chinese-Etruscan system
14. The steelyards
15. Measures of capacity
16. Lineal measures
17. The balances
18. Other collections of weights
19. The dials and drawings

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