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Cubitus
(85 words)

[German version]

denotes the elbow, i.e. the forearm up to the tip of the middle finger and, along with the usual Roman unit of measurement, the pes, was used as the ‘ell’, amounting to 1 1/2 feet (444 mm). In Greek the cubitus is translated as πῆχυς (pêchys) .

 Measures;  Pes

Bibliography

F. Hultsch, Griech. und röm. Metrologie, 21882, 76f., 98

H. Nissen, Metrologie2 = HB Altertumswiss. I2, 1892, 838, 865

A. Oxé, Die röm. Meile eine griech. Schöpfung, BJ 131, 1926, 213-244, especially 233ff.

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Mlasowsky, Alexander (Hannover), “Cubitus”, 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 12 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e308230>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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