An Akkadian unit of length, 3rd – 1st millenia bce, = 180 ašlu, about 10.8 kilometers. It corresponds to the Sumerian dana. In the Neo-Assyrian Empire, 9ᵗʰ – 6ᵗʰ centuries bce, about 10,692 meters according to Thureau-Dangin.
According to Segre¹, “NINDA meant also a measure of time,” 1/60th of 1/360th of a Babylonian day, about 4 seconds. The beru, = 1800 nindānu, would be 2 Babylonian hours, or as a length the distance walked in 1/12 of a Babylonian day.
1. Andre Segrè.
Babylonian, Assyrian and Persian Measure.
Journal of the American Oriental Society, vol. 64, No. 1 (April–June 1944)
C. H. W. Johns.
Assyrian Deeds and Documents vol 2
Adad-nirari itinerary VAT 9968 (af0 21 1966 44-5)
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