Roman feet

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  • janesix
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    I am looking for information on Roman feet. I have looked online and can't find anything, just in a couple of books. 

    I am trying to find out why Flinders Petrie stated in his book, "Inductive Metrology" that the Roman foot was .97325 feet. There are several different Roman feet, but I can't find any confirmation that that is one of them.I am just trying to find out where his version of the Roman foot originated from.

    I have not read Inductive Metrology, but have gotten this from two secondary sources.
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    Roman foot refers to a type of toe alignment/shape. 
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    It also refers to ancient metrology
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    Toe reading is a thing along those lines, maybe you're confusing two different mystic studies. By 'foot' what do you mean?
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    A foot is a root measurement usually divided into sixteen digits.the common English foot divided into 12 inches is an exception to t he rule
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    Gotcha, had to Google for this.

    The standard Roman foot (pes) was normally about 295.7 mm (97% of today's measurement), but in the provinces, the pes Drusianus (foot of Nero Claudius Drusus) was used, with a length of about 334 mm. (In reality, this foot predated Drusus.)
    Oswald Ashton Wentworth Dilke (May 22, 1987).Mathematics and measurement. University of California Press. p. 26. ISBN 978-0-520-06072-2. Retrieved February 2, 2012.


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    Originally both the Greeks and the Romans subdivided the foot into 16 digits, but in later years, the Romans also subdivided the foot into 12 unciae (from which both the English words "inch" and "ounce" are derived).

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    Rome is awesome!
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    What is awesome about rome
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    did I help at all with this thread?
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    Every new bit of info helps
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    What did you feel wasn't 'cleared up', as in what are you still searching for regarding the Roman Foot?
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    The standard is a little too short,and the drusus is a little too long. Although the standard is pretty close. It DOES say"about" a certain number of mm, so the standard might be it. it's hard to tell
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    The general Roman Foot was the one you say is too short. What was your question exactly?
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    It needs to be .97325 ft
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    I am trying to confirm that there are 100 Roman feet in the inner diameter of the Darden circle at stonehenge

    Edit sarsen circle

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    The foot i need is 296.6466 mm
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    Stonehenge was designed by humans intentionally to have a certain space inside.
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    space for what?