# Greek units of measurement

A number of units of measurement were used in Greece to measure length, mass, area, and capacity. In Greece, the metric system has been used since 1836 and was made compulsory in 1922.[1][2]

## Units used before the metric system

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### Length

One *piki* varied from 0.640 m to 0.670 m.[1]

1 *pic* was equal to 1 piki.[1][2]

The *small piki* of Constantinople (also known as the *endeze*) was equal to 0.648 m [1][2][3]

The *large piki* of Constantinople (also known as the *arsin*) was equal to 0.669 m [1][2][3]

A masonry *piki* (also known as the *meimar zire*) was equal to 0.750 m.[1][2][3]

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.[4] The *piki* was sometimes regarded as equal to a metre and a kilometre was called a *stadion*.[4]

The metre was introduced in a royal decree of 1836, and was originally subdivided in 10 *palms*, 100 *digits* and 1000 *lines*.[3]

### Mass

Units used to measure mass were:[1]

1 *dramme* = 3.2 g

1 *livre* (also known as a pound[2]) (Venetian) = 450 g

1 *mina* = 1.5 kg

1 *royal mine* 1.5 kg

1 *oka* = 0.85331 royal mine = 1.280 kg[1][2][3] =

1 *stater* = 56.32 kg

1 *talanton* = 150 kg.

One *cantaro* was equal to 44 *oke*, but the value varied from 112 to 128 lb depending on locality.[4][3] One *tseki* was 176 *oka* in Istanbul and 136 *oka* in Thessaloniki.[3]

## References

- Washburn, E.W. (1926).
*International Critical Tables of Numerical Data, Physics, Chemistry and Technology*. New York: McGraw-Hil Book Company, Inc. p. 8. - Cardarelli, F. (2003).
*Encyclopaedia of Scientific Units, Weights and Measures. Their SI Equivalences and Origins*. London: Springer. pp. 95, 96. ISBN 978-1-4471-1122-1. - Nikolantonakis, K (September 6–9, 2006),
*Weights and measures: The Greek efforts to integrate the metric system*, Cracow, Poland: The Global and the Local: The History of Science and the Cultural Integration of Europe. Proceedings of the 2nd ICESHS, pp. 457–459 - Clarke, F.W. (1891).
*Weights Measures and Money of All Nations*. New York: D. Appleton & Company. p. 39.