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Uncia
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(Greek-Siculan ὀγκία/onkía; cognate to unus: Varro Ling. 5,171, in the sense of 'unit'). 1/12 of the twelve-part whole, the as , as a unit of (1) measurement (length, area, capacity, time) (2) weight and (3) coinage.

(1) Unit of measurement of a) Length: 1 uncia = 1/12 of the pes = 24.67 mm of the pes Romanus, defined as an as [1. 654 f.]. By contrast, in the system of the Oscan foot, still used in Italy until the Imperial age, 1 uncia = ca. 23 mm [1. 658]. b) Area: 1 uncia = 1/12 of the iugerum representing the as (= 2400 square foot = 210.3 m2 [1. 658 f.]). c) Capacity measure: 1 un…

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Stumpf, Gerd (Munich), “Uncia”, 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 28 September 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1224840>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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