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Bibil Identifier bibil:222785
Publication Type Online resource
Title (English, Long) An Ancient Relation between Units of Length and Volume Based on a Sphere
Author Zapassky, Elena
Author Gadot, Yuval
Author Finkelstein, Israel
Author Benenson, Itzhak
Year (Publication) 2012
Language English
Genre Original
Abstract The modern metric system defines units of volume based on the cube. We propose that the ancient Egyptian system of measuring capacity employed a similar concept, but used the sphere instead. When considered in ancient Egyptian units, the volume of a sphere, whose circumference is one royal cubit, equals half a hekat. Using the measurements of large sets of ancient containers as a database, the article demonstrates that this formula was characteristic of Egyptian and Egyptian-related pottery vessels but not of the ceramics of Mesopotamia, which had a different system of measuring length and volume units.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Weights and measures
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Egypt : Archaeology
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