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(ἄμμα; ámma). According to Hero of Alexandria, amma is the Greek term for a probably Egyptian measure of length which was derived from the string or the rope (ἄμμα). It is equivalent to 40 Egyptian cubits, namely c. 21 m (1 cubit = about 52.5 cm).

 Hero;  Measures;  Pechys


F. Hultsch, Griech. und röm. Metrologie, 21882

Id., s. v. Amma, RE I 2, 1841

W. Helck, s. v. Maße und Gewichte, LÄ 3, 1199-1214

O. A. W. Dilke, Mathematik, Maße und Gewichte in der Ant., 1991

E. Roik, Das Längenmaßsystem im Alten Ägypten, 1993, 6-25.

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Mlasowsky, Alexander (Hannover), “Amma”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 18 June 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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