Women in Ancient Persia, 559-331 B.C

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WEIGHTS AND MEASURES

The weights and measures for foodstuffs cited from the Fortification texts have been converted to quarts (QA). In the published and unpublished Fortification texts these appear in different forms of measurement; mostly BAR is used for the measure of grain, marriš for the measure of wine and beer. The measure for silver, karša, appearing in the Treasury texts, remains unchanged. The Babylonian dry measure kur and the measure for silver, mina, also have been left unchanged.

1 bawiš = 1/10 of 1 irtiba (= 3 QA)
1 BAR = 10 QA (dry measure)
1 karša = 10 shekels
1 kur = 151.561
1 kurrima = 10 QA
irmaki fraction, mostly expressing 1/20
1 irtiba = 3 BAR (= 30 QA)
1 išbamiya = 1 QA
1 marriš = 10 QA (liquid measure)
1 mina = 60 shekels
1 QA = 1 quart (0.971)

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Acknowledgements vii
  • Contents ix
  • List of Tables xi
  • Abbreviations and Symbols xiii
  • Weights and Measures xviii
  • Note to the Reader xix
  • I - Introduction 1
  • 2 - Titles for Royal Women 13
  • Introduction 13
  • 3 - Royal Marriage Alliances 35
  • 4 - Royal Women and the Achaemenid Court 83
  • Introduction 83
  • Conclusion 119
  • 5 - Women and the Economy of Achaemenid Persia 123
  • Summary 180
  • 6 - Conclusion 183
  • Glossary 201
  • List of Royal Marriage Alliances 204
  • Bibliography 207
  • Index of Ancient Sources 245
  • General Index 254
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