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Figure 2. The remen, the Roman foot/ancient Egyptian "forearm"
(all measures in inches)


Developments

    • 1. AB has been extended in two directions so that it meets at D and F the extensions made
      to two sides of the five-inch square.

Outcomes

    • 1. DE is 11 2/3 inches, the ancient Egyptian "forearm" measure which later became the Roman foot. This measure was the equivalent of 16 remen digits.
    • 2. DF is 14 7/12 inches (14.58333 ... as seen on a calculator display screen), the ancient Egyptian remen measure. The remen had 20 digit divisions.
    • 3. FE is 8.75 inches, half a Roman cubit of 17.5 inches.


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