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(ἀρτάβη; artábē). Denotes an originally Persian  measure of capacity for dry goods, according to Hdt.1,192 consisting of 51 choínikes (= c. 55 l). From the Ptolemies onwards, the artabe is used in Egypt as the largest unit of capacity for dry goods, and depending on the region consists of 28, 29, 30 or 40 choínikes (1 choínix varies from c. 0.9-1.5 l).

 Choinix;  Measure of volume


F. Hultsch, Griech. und röm. Metrologie, 21882

O. Viedebantt, Forsch. zur Metrologie des Alt., 1917

J. Shelton, Artabs and Choenices, in: …

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Mlasowsky, Alexander (Hannover), “Artabe”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider. Consulted online on 30 April 2017 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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