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Parasanges
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(παρασάγγης; parasángēs). Babylonian-Assyrian and Persian measurement of length, equal to 30 stadia (cf. Hdt. 2,6,3; Xen. An. 5,5,4) or 10,800 royal cubits, the equivalent of c. 5.7km. According to Herodotus, roads as well as those areas of land included in the tax land register were measured in parasangs in the kingdoms of the Ancient Near East (Hdt. 6,42,2).

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Bibliography

F. Hultsch, Griechische und römische Metrologie, 21882, 476ff.

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Schulzki, Heinz-Joachim (Mannheim), “Parasanges”, 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 25 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e907990>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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