Ancient Weights and Measures [Paperback]

W.M. Flinders Petrie (Author)

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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


Facsimile of volume of detailed catalogues prepared by Flinders Petrie of ancient weights and measures 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.

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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