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Universal ancient length converter

Metric length units
Kilometer
Meter
Decimeter
Centimeter
Millimeter
British and American length units
Liga
Mile
Furlong
Cheyne
Rod
Yard
Foot
Inch
Russian  length units (up to 1918)
Vershok
Piad / Chetvert
Stopa
Lokot
Arshin
Shag
Sazhen
Kosaya sazhen
Versta
Morskaya sazhen
Mahovaya sazhen
Foot (analog English Foot)
Dyuim (analog  English Inch)
Units of measurement of fabric in Russia 17-19 centuries
Shtuka (48 lokots)
Kusok (18 arshins or 14 yards)
Postav (16,6 arshins)
Konets (8,3 arshins)
Marine  length units
Circle
Sea Liga
Gradus
Sea Miles
Cable
Phantom
Ancient Chinese length units (15-18 centuries)
Li 市里
Zhang 市丈
Zhen
Bu 步
Chi 市尺
Cun 市寸
Fen 市分
Ancient Japanese length units (15-18 centuries)
Ri 里
Sea Ri
Cho 町
Ken 間
Jo 丈
Shaku 尺
Сун 寸
Бу 分
Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome length units
Daktylos / Digit (finger)
Palaistē / Palm (palm)
Pous / Pes (foot)
Pēchys (cubit)
Cubitum (cubit)
Passus (double step)
Orgyia
Stadium (Greek)
Stadium (Rome)
Iter pedestr (one day's journey)
Mille passus (one thousand steps)
Ancient Egypt length units (from the 5th to the 1st centuries BC)
Atur ordinary
Atur king
Parasang
Shem
Mile
Stadium
Het / Senus)
Kanna
Orgyia
Xilon
Step
Cubit small
Cubit king
Pigon
Zerets (foot)
Spitam
Dihas
Shesp
Teb (finger)
Ancient Israel length units
Etzba (thumb-breadth)
Tefach (hand-breadth)
Zeret (span)
Amah (cubit)


Since ancient times, man began to use as a measure of the length characteristics of his own body and its interaction with the environment. The first units of measurement of length, apparently, were: a finger, a palm, a foot, a step, a thousand steps, a day's journey. These units of measurement could not be constant and depended on the geometrical parameters of a person. Attempting to use human data when measuring distances led to errors, so in ancient Babylon the distance that a person takes is a quiet step for the period from the appearance of the first ray of the sun at sunrise to the moment when the entire solar disk is above the horizon defined as "stages". If the sun goes on for about two minutes, then during this time a person with an average walking speed runs from 170 to 195 m. The day of the journey of the ancient Romans was "Iter pedestr" equal to 28,725 m, i.e. the opportunity to go the distance for daylight hours.
In different periods of time in different countries there appeared their own units of measurement with their own names, the logic of recalculation which is now difficult to understand.
For the convenience of reading and understanding ancient texts, a converter of units of length and distance from ancient units of measurement to modern ones has been created.
To use the converter, find the desired unit of length, specify its value and click on any place on the page.
For a new calculation, click the "Clear" button and run the calculation again.

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