orguia [Greek, ὀργυιά]

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. link to a chart showing relationships between ancient Greek units of length. 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.

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Size of the orguia
Attic 1.77 meters
Olympic 1.92 m
Pergamene 1.98 m
Aeginetan 2.00 m

In English translations of the New Testament (Acts 27:28), orguia is translated “fathom.”

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