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This page describes an obsolete unit.

The unit described on this page was in use prior to modern methods of precision measurement. It was based on a standard which is no longer available, and which is not capable of being calibrated against modern measurement units. Therefore, the equivalence to modern SI units or to current United States customary units can only be considered approximate.



The pous (meaning foot) was an Attic Greek unit of length or distance.

Value in terms of modern unitsEdit

The Greek units of measuring lengths and distances were well-defined and their relationships to each other are well known, but since no actual Ancient Greek (Attic or other) standards are definitively known by the present day, the only way of determining the length of any Attic Greek unit is to measure something in modern terms whose length was given by the Greeks in their units. And because this procedure does not give us any clue to which unit may have been the base unit and which were subsidiary units, this distinction really does not apply to the Attic Greek units here given, so all the units really have equal status. However, such measurements have been made, and they indicate (though requiring statistical treatment to allow for the inaccuracies of the Greeks' own measurements) that the best estimate of the Attic Greek pous (foot) can be taken as 0.30856 m = 1.0123 ft = 0.3374 yd [1], and for this wiki, it is considered as if it were the base unit of the Attic Greek system.

Relation to other Attic Greek length unitsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Cardarelli, François (1998). Scientific Unit Conversion. Berlin, Heidelberg, New York: Springer-Verlag. ISBN 3-540-76022-9. 

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