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Syrian units of measurement

A number of units of measurement were used in Syria to measure length, mass, capacity, etc. The Metric system was adopted in 1935 in Syria.[1]

System before metric system

A number of units were used.

Length

One pic was equal to 0.582 m.[2][3]

Mass

A number of units were used to measure mass. One rottolo was equal to 1.785 kg.[2][3] Some other units were given below:

1 drachme = 1/600 rottolo

1 pesi = 1/600 rottolo

1 metecali = 1/400 rottolo

1 mitcal = 1/400 rottolo

1 once = 1/60 rottolo

1 zurbo = 27.5 rottolo

1 cola = 35 rottolo

1 cantar = 100 rottolo.[2][3]

Capacity

Several units were used to measure capacity. One rotl was equal to 3.2 l.[2][3] Some other units are given below:

1 makuk = 250 rotl

1 garava = 450 rotl.[2][3]

References

  1. ^ Cardarelli, F. (2003). Encyclopaedia of Scientific Units, Weights and Measures. Their SI Equivalences and Origins. London: Springer. p. 7. ISBN 978-1-4471-1122-1.
  2. ^ a b c d e Washburn, E.W. (1926). International Critical Tables of Numerical Data, Physics, Chemistry and Technology. 1. New York: McGraw-Hil Book Company, Inc. p. 12.
  3. ^ a b c d e Cardarelli, F. (2003). Encyclopaedia of Scientific Units, Weights and Measures. Their SI Equivalences and Origins. London: Springer. p. 138. ISBN 978-1-4471-1122-1.