modius [Latin]

In ancient Rome, two units:


(Plural, modii.) A measure of dry capacity used for threshed grain, salt olives, and so on about 8.496 liters, about ¼ bushel. opens a new page containing a chart that shows relationships between this unit and other units in its system

The symbol for the modius was a capital M with a ring above. This glyph does not occur in Unicode, but it can be created using the Unicode combining character U+030A ◌̊ COMBINING RING ABOVE. Unfortunately so far browser text engines cannot handle Unicode combining characters, but when they do, the correct glyph will appear here: M̊. The standalone ring above is U+02DA ˚.


A related seed-measure of land: the amount of land that could be sown with a modius of wheat seed.

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