Linea. Conversion Chart

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We only include several basic units here for you to convert historical units to contemporary ones. A more comprehensive list of metric units is available on the main length conversion page.
linea to kilometer (km)
linea to meter (m)
linea to centimeter (cm)
linea 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.
linea to mile (mi)
linea to yard (yd)
linea 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.
linea to iteru (river measure)
linea to knet (rod of cord)
linea to nbiw (pole)
linea to meh niswt (royal cubit)
linea to meh nedjes (short cubit)
linea to remen
linea to djeser, bu
linea to pedj-aa (large span)
linea to pedj-sheser (small span)
linea to amem (fist)
linea to deret (hand)
linea to shesep (palm)
linea 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.
linea to schoinos (σχοινός)
linea to parasanges (παρασάγγες, league)
linea to dolichos (δόλιχος)
linea to milion (μίλιον)
linea to hippikon (ἱππικόν)
linea to diaulos (δίαυλος)
linea to στάδιον, stadion
linea to stadium olympic
linea to stadium attic
linea to stadium ptolemey
linea to plethron (πλέθρον)
linea to hamma (ἅμμα)
linea to dekapous (δεκάπους)
linea to akaina (ἄκαινα)
linea to kalamos (κάλαμος)
linea to orgyia (ὄργυια, fathom)
linea to diploun bēma (διπλοῦν βῆμα, double pace)
linea to haploun bēma (ἁπλοῦν βῆμα, single pace)
linea to pēchys (πῆχυς, elbow)
linea to pygōn (πυγών)
linea to pygmē (πυγμή, forearm)
linea to pous (πούς, foot)
linea to spithamē (σπιθαμή, span of all fingers)
linea to orthodōron (ὀρθόδωρον, wrist to the tip of meddle finger)
linea to lichas (λιχάς)
linea to hemipodion (ἡμιπόδιον)
linea to dichas (διχάς, midfoot)
linea to dōron (δῶρον)
linea to palaiste (παλαιστή, palm)
linea to kondylos (κόνδυλος, two fingers)
linea 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.
linea to schœnus (rush rope)
linea to leuga (league)
linea to mille passus (mile)
linea to stadium (stade, furlong)
linea to actus
linea to decempeda
linea to pertica (perch)
linea to passus (pace)
linea to pes sestertius
linea to gradus (step)
linea to cubitus (cubit)
linea to palmipes
linea to pes (foot)
linea to palmus major (palm length)
linea to palmus (palm width)
linea to uncia (inch)
linea to pollex (thumb)
linea 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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linea to cubit
linea to span
linea to handbreadth
linea 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.
linea to legua de por grado (league of the degree)
linea to legua marina (nautical)
linea to legua
linea to milla marina (nautical)
linea to milla
linea to cuerda of Valencia
linea to cuerda
linea to estadal
linea to braza
linea to paso
linea to vara
linea to codo de ribera
linea to codo
linea to pie
linea to palmo
linea to coto
linea to pulgada
linea 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  /  / 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.
linea to braça
linea to toesa
linea to passo geométrico
linea to vara
linea to côvado
linea to pé
linea to palmo de craveira
linea to polegada
linea to linha
linea 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
linea to lieue commune
linea to lieue marine
linea to lieue de post
linea to lieue metrique
linea to arpent
linea to perche
linea to toise
linea to pied [foot]
linea to pouce [inch]
linea 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

linea to mile
linea to verst
linea to mezhevaya verst
linea to kosaya sazhen
linea to sazhen
linea to makhovaya sazhen
linea to arshin
linea to ell
linea to foot
linea to pyad
linea to vershok
linea to inch
linea 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.
linea to meile
linea to ruthe
linea to elle
linea to fuss
linea to zoll
linea 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.
linea to meile
linea to ruthe
linea to klafner
linea to fuss
linea to zoll
linea to linie
linea to punkt
Units: meile  / ruthe  / 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.
linea to nymil (new mile, used since 1889 till now)
linea to mil (mile)
linea to fjärdingsväg
linea to rev before 1855
linea to rev after 1855
linea to stång
linea to famn (fanthom)
linea to aln (forealrm)
linea to fot (foot)
linea to kvarter
linea to tvärhand (hand)
linea to tum (thumb or inch) before 1855
linea to tum (thumb or inch) after 1855
linea to linje (line) before 1855
linea 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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