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Libra
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[1] Unit of weight

(also pondus, ‘pound’, metonymic ‘what has been weighted’; Greek equivalent: λίτρα/lítra). Terminus technicus for the unit of weight of 327,45 g of the Roman measuring system; a libra corresponds to the as , which in the duodecimal system was divided into 12 unciae of 27,28g [2. 706 fig. XIII]. The standard very likely remained unchanged until early Byzantine times, as evidenced by weighing coins of precious metals and silver implements. [3. 222].

As weights, we find libra…

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Schulzki, Heinz-Joachim (Mannheim), “Libra”, 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 03 August 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e703860>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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