Semuncia
(188 words)

[German version]

Roman unit, 1/24 of a larger whole. As a weight a semuncia corresponds to half an ounce/ uncia (“semuncia, quod dimidia pars unciae”, Varro Ling. 5,171) and hence to 1/24 of a libra [1] = 13·64 g (value indicator S or Σ), as a measure of length to 1/24 of a pes = 12·3 mm, as a unit of square measure to 1/24 of a iugerum = 105.1 m2, as a measure of time to 1/24 of an hour, as an interest rate to 1/24 of a centesima (1 % a month, 12 % a year) = 1/2 %. In the late Roman and Byzantine system of weights a semuncia corresponds to 12 scripula (value indicator  XII, IB; s cripulum ) or 3 solidi (value…

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Schulzki, Heinz-Joachim (Mannheim), “Semuncia”, 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 11 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1108280>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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