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Land surveying
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The writings of the Roman surveyors (agrimensores) deal with their various areas of activity: measurement of areas; limitation, i.e. division by orthogonal boundaries; creation of land registers and general parceling maps; functioning as a judges or experts in land law, particularly in boundary disputes; collaboration in religious ceremonies; units of length and area, weights and determining area and volume. Mathematical questions are dealt with most notably by Balbus' work Expositio et ratio omnium formarum (ca. AD 100), the anonymous Liber podismi and a wo…

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Folkerts, Menso (Munich), “Land surveying”, 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 29 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1500010>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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