rasta or rast

Among the Germanic peoples, at least as early as the first century – 16th century, a unit of itinerant distance, conceptually the distance between “rests”. It was introduced into present-day France by the Franks in the 5th century. The Romans came to think of it as 3 mille passus, (about 4.44 kilometers). In northern France and Belgium it was also thought of as 2 leuca. In later maps it is described as “millare germanicum parvum,” the small German mile, equivalent to 3 of the then-current Italian mille.

L. Keuning.
De Duitsche Mijlen en andere, in de Nederlanden in de 16de Eeuw in Gebruick zinjde Mijlen.
Tidschrift koninklik aardrikskunig genoosenchap L. V., (1938) page 432.

Oskar Viedebantt.
Paulys Real-Encyclopädie der Classischen Altertumswissenschaft (2nd edition). Vol. 1 col. 267.
Stuttgart: J. B. Metzler, 1920.


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