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# How many feet were in a Roman pace?

Question #838. Asked by Mom. (Apr 07 00 8:10 PM)

essachess

Five

 Apr 07 00, 9:10 PM
elizab

I think it may be 2.5 feet. http://www.insulator.com/mass4.html

 Apr 07 00, 11:16 PM
dave_fl

5 feet 4 inches. Under the Roman Empire, Rome became the center of the western world. All roads led to Rome and all distances were measured from Rome. The distances were based upon one thousand Roman paces of the Roman soldier. A Roman pace is equal to two of our steps and very near 64 inches.

 Apr 07 00, 11:35 PM
McGruff

I have found conflicting definitions of a Roman pace.

The Roman pace (PASSUS) was calculated as the distance from the heel of one foot to the heel of the same foot when it next touched the ground. This makes it exactly equivalent to the contemporary 30 inch pace of the British and US armies.

romantables.8m.com/length.html

NOUN:
2. A unit of length equal to 30 inches (0.76 meter).
3. The distance spanned by a step or stride, especially:
a. The modern version of the Roman pace, measuring five English feet. Also called geometric pace.
b. Thirty inches at quick marching time or 36 at double time.
c. Five Roman feet or 58.1 English inches, measured from the point at which the heel of one foot is raised to the point at which it is set down again after an intervening step by the other foot.

http://www.bartleby.com/61/21/P0002100.html

Roman pace n : an ancient Roman unit of length (4.85 English feet) measured as the distance from the heel of one foot to the heel of the same foot when next it touches the ground

http://onlinedictionary.datasegment.com/word/Roman%20pace

 Apr 07 02, 2:52 PM

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