Ruthe. Conversion Chart

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ruthe to kilometer (km)
ruthe to meter (m)
ruthe to centimeter (cm)
ruthe to millimeter (mm)
Units: kilometer (km)  / meter (m)  / centimeter (cm)  / millimeter (mm)
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The American System of Measures (US Customary Units)

We only include several basic units here for you to convert historical units to contemporary ones. A more comprehensive list of U.S. units is available on the main length conversion page.
ruthe to mile (mi)
ruthe to yard (yd)
ruthe to inch (in)
Units: mile (mi)  / yard (yd)  / foot (ft)  / inch (in)
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Ancient Egypt

It might be hard to imagine, but these units dates back to 3100 BC. Egyptian people used them 5000 years ago. These units are distant ancestors of US customary units used today.
ruthe to iteru (river measure)
ruthe to knet (rod of cord)
ruthe to nbiw (pole)
ruthe to meh niswt (royal cubit)
ruthe to meh nedjes (short cubit)
ruthe to remen
ruthe to djeser, bu
ruthe to pedj-aa (large span)
ruthe to pedj-sheser (small span)
ruthe to amem (fist)
ruthe to deret (hand)
ruthe to shesep (palm)
ruthe to djeba (finger)
Units: iteru (river measure)  / knet (rod of cord)  / nbiw (pole)  / meh niswt (royal cubit)  / meh nedjes (short cubit)  / remen  / djeser, bu  / pedj-aa (large span)  / pedj-sheser (small span)  / amem (fist)  / deret (hand)  / shesep (palm)  / djeba (finger)
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Ancient Greek

The values of Greek units varied according to location and epoch. Relative proportions though were generally the same. Greek measures were in general derived from measurement system of Ancient Egypt.
ruthe to schoinos (σχοινός)
ruthe to parasanges (παρασάγγες, league)
ruthe to dolichos (δόλιχος)
ruthe to milion (μίλιον)
ruthe to hippikon (ἱππικόν)
ruthe to diaulos (δίαυλος)
ruthe to στάδιον, stadion
ruthe to stadium olympic
ruthe to stadium attic
ruthe to stadium ptolemey
ruthe to plethron (πλέθρον)
ruthe to hamma (ἅμμα)
ruthe to dekapous (δεκάπους)
ruthe to akaina (ἄκαινα)
ruthe to kalamos (κάλαμος)
ruthe to orgyia (ὄργυια, fathom)
ruthe to diploun bēma (διπλοῦν βῆμα, double pace)
ruthe to haploun bēma (ἁπλοῦν βῆμα, single pace)
ruthe to pēchys (πῆχυς, elbow)
ruthe to pygōn (πυγών)
ruthe to pygmē (πυγμή, forearm)
ruthe to pous (πούς, foot)
ruthe to spithamē (σπιθαμή, span of all fingers)
ruthe to orthodōron (ὀρθόδωρον, wrist to the tip of meddle finger)
ruthe to lichas (λιχάς)
ruthe to hemipodion (ἡμιπόδιον)
ruthe to dichas (διχάς, midfoot)
ruthe to dōron (δῶρον)
ruthe to palaiste (παλαιστή, palm)
ruthe to kondylos (κόνδυλος, two fingers)
ruthe to daktylos (δάκτυλος, finger)
Units: schoinos (σχοινός)  / parasanges (παρασάγγες, league)  / dolichos (δόλιχος)  / milion (μίλιον)  / hippikon (ἱππικόν)  / diaulos (δίαυλος)  / στάδιον, stadion  / stadium olympic  / stadium attic  / stadium ptolemey  / plethron (πλέθρον)  / hamma (ἅμμα)  / dekapous (δεκάπους)  / akaina (ἄκαινα)  / kalamos (κάλαμος)  / orgyia (ὄργυια, fathom)  / diploun bēma (διπλοῦν βῆμα, double pace)  / haploun bēma (ἁπλοῦν βῆμα, single pace)  / pēchys (πῆχυς, elbow)  / pygōn (πυγών)  / pygmē (πυγμή, forearm)  / pous (πούς, foot)  / spithamē (σπιθαμή, span of all fingers)  / orthodōron (ὀρθόδωρον, wrist to the tip of meddle finger)  / lichas (λιχάς)  / hemipodion (ἡμιπόδιον)  / dichas (διχάς, midfoot)  / dōron (δῶρον)  / palaiste (παλαιστή, palm)  / kondylos (κόνδυλος, two fingers)  / daktylos (δάκτυλος, finger)
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Ancient Roman

Roman length units were very well defined. The value of the base unit pes (foot) was discovered by John Greaves in 1639 after he made a lot of measurements in the ruins of Rome. Since then we know that the value of one pes was between 0.967 and 0.986 English feet. An accepted modern value is 296 mm. For most Roman units below we give an English equivalent in parentheses.
ruthe to schœnus (rush rope)
ruthe to leuga (league)
ruthe to mille passus (mile)
ruthe to stadium (stade, furlong)
ruthe to actus
ruthe to decempeda
ruthe to pertica (perch)
ruthe to passus (pace)
ruthe to pes sestertius
ruthe to gradus (step)
ruthe to cubitus (cubit)
ruthe to palmipes
ruthe to pes (foot)
ruthe to palmus major (palm length)
ruthe to palmus (palm width)
ruthe to uncia (inch)
ruthe to pollex (thumb)
ruthe to digitus (finger)
Units: schœnus (rush rope)  / leuga (league)  / mille passus (mile)  / stadium (stade, furlong)  / actus  / decempeda  / pertica (perch)  / passus (pace)  / pes sestertius  / gradus (step)  / cubitus (cubit)  / palmipes  / pes (foot)  / palmus major (palm length)  / palmus (palm width)  / uncia (inch)  / pollex (thumb)  / digitus (finger)
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ruthe to cubit
ruthe to span
ruthe to handbreadth
ruthe to etzbah
Units: cubit  / span  / handbreadth  / etzbah
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Old Spanish

In various provinces of Spain diferent variations of units were used. The conversions below use Castilian system. Although most of these units are now obsolete, some can still be used today in the countries of Latin America.
ruthe to legua de por grado (league of the degree)
ruthe to legua marina (nautical)
ruthe to legua
ruthe to milla marina (nautical)
ruthe to milla
ruthe to cuerda of Valencia
ruthe to cuerda
ruthe to estadal
ruthe to braza
ruthe to paso
ruthe to vara
ruthe to codo de ribera
ruthe to codo
ruthe to pie
ruthe to palmo
ruthe to coto
ruthe to pulgada
ruthe to linea
ruthe to punto
Units: legua de por grado (league of the degree)  / legua marina (nautical)  / legua  / milla marina (nautical)  / milla  / cuerda of Valencia  / cuerda  / estadal  / braza  / paso  / vara  / codo de ribera  / codo  / pie  / palmo  / coto  / pulgada  / linea  / punto
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Old Portuguese

These units were used in Portugal, Brazil and other countries of the Portuguese Empire until the adoption of the metric system in 19th century.
ruthe to braça
ruthe to toesa
ruthe to passo geométrico
ruthe to vara
ruthe to côvado
ruthe to pé
ruthe to palmo de craveira
ruthe to polegada
ruthe to linha
ruthe to ponto
Units: braça  / toesa  / passo geométrico  / vara  / côvado  /  / palmo de craveira  / polegada  / linha  / ponto
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Old French

There were many local variations; the following are Quebec and Paris definitions
ruthe to lieue commune
ruthe to lieue marine
ruthe to lieue de post
ruthe to lieue metrique
ruthe to arpent
ruthe to perche
ruthe to toise
ruthe to pied [foot]
ruthe to pouce [inch]
ruthe to ligne
Units: lieue commune  / lieue marine  / lieue de post  / lieue metrique  / arpent  / perche  / toise  / pied [foot]  / pouce [inch]  / ligne
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Old Russian

ruthe to mile
ruthe to verst
ruthe to mezhevaya verst
ruthe to kosaya sazhen
ruthe to sazhen
ruthe to makhovaya sazhen
ruthe to arshin
ruthe to ell
ruthe to foot
ruthe to pyad
ruthe to vershok
ruthe to inch
ruthe to line
Units: mile  / verst  / mezhevaya verst  / kosaya sazhen  / sazhen  / makhovaya sazhen  / arshin  / ell  / foot  / pyad  / vershok  / inch  / line
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Old German (Prussian)

These units were used before adoption of metric system in 1872.
ruthe to meile
ruthe to ruthe
ruthe to elle
ruthe to fuss
ruthe to zoll
ruthe to linie
Units: meile  / ruthe  / elle  / fuss  / zoll  / linie
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Old Austrian

These units were used before adoption of metric system in 1871.
ruthe to meile
ruthe to klafner
ruthe to fuss
ruthe to zoll
ruthe to linie
ruthe to punkt
Units: meile  /  / klafner  / fuss  / zoll  / linie  / punkt
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Old Swedish

Common measurement system was introduced in Sweden by law in 1665. Since then the system was slightly altered twice: in 1735 and 1855. Sweden switched to metric system in 1889.
ruthe to nymil (new mile, used since 1889 till now)
ruthe to mil (mile)
ruthe to fjärdingsväg
ruthe to rev before 1855
ruthe to rev after 1855
ruthe to stång
ruthe to famn (fanthom)
ruthe to aln (forealrm)
ruthe to fot (foot)
ruthe to kvarter
ruthe to tvärhand (hand)
ruthe to tum (thumb or inch) before 1855
ruthe to tum (thumb or inch) after 1855
ruthe to linje (line) before 1855
ruthe to linje (line) after 1855
Units: nymil (new mile, used since 1889 till now)  / mil (mile)  / fjärdingsväg  / rev before 1855  / rev after 1855  / stång  / famn (fanthom)  / aln (forealrm)  / fot (foot)  / kvarter  / tvärhand (hand)  / tum (thumb or inch) before 1855  / tum (thumb or inch) after 1855  / linje (line) before 1855  / linje (line) after 1855

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