Greek units of measurement
Units used before the metric system
One piki varied from 0.640 m to 0.670 m.
Two types of piki were used to measure cloth. The measurement for silks was equal to 25 inches, and for linen and woolens it was equal to 27 inches. The piki was sometimes regarded as equal to a metre and a kilometre was called a stadion.
Units used to measure mass were:
1 dramme = 3.2 g
1 mina = 1.5 kg
1 royal mine 1.5 kg
1 stater = 56.32 kg
1 talanton = 150 kg.
1 baril = 74.236 litres.
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