In classical times, a unit of length, in concept the distance between the tips of the fingers of the outstretched arms (like a fathom), = 6 pous. Also romanized as orgyia.
A marble relief from 460-450 bce. Note the footprint, showing the size of a pous. In the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
In English translations of the New Testament (Acts 27:28), orguia is translated “fathom.”
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