In Libya, a unit of capacity, about 64.4 liters (about 17.01 U.S. gallons).
In modern Greece, a unit of capacity, 74.2 liters (about 19.6 U.S. gallons).
In Italian-speaking Europe, a unit of capacity used for wine and brandy:
Rocca¹ traced the evolution of the wine barile of Genoa:
* This pinta, containing 3 libbre of wine, was the medieval sestiaro, about 0.953 liters. The barile of 48 such pinte was half of the metreta or mezarolia. Like the barile, the size of the pinta varied with time.
† Defined in amole, rather than pinte; 90 of them. The corresponding size of the barile is the one given in the official 1877 table of metric equivalents.²
1. Pietro Rocca.
Pesi e Misure Antiche di Genova e del Genovesato.
Genova: Tipografia del R. Istituto Sordo-Muti, 1871.
2. Tavole di Ragguaglio dei Pesi e Delle Misure …
Roma: Stamperia Reale, 1877.
In Italian-speaking Europe, a unit of capacity used for oil, although oil was almost always sold by weight, not volume. The names of the capacity measure actually signified definite weights of oil:
Rocca, cited above, has performed the same service for the barile of oil in Genoa:
|1160||30 libra major olei, which is about 7 rubbi, 5 libbre||56.955||61.908|
|1462||32 libra major olei, about 7 rubbi, 17 libbre||60.992||66.290|
|1606||deduced from a bronze half barrel standard of that date||59.800||65.000|
|1849||according to the gov't table published that year||65.480|
|1877||= 128 quarterone, according to the Tavole di Ragguaglio||60.953|
|19th c||actual, in commerce, taken as 7½ rubbi||59.560||64.750|
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