spithame [Greek, σπιθαμή]

In classical times, a unit of distance, in concept the distance between the tip of the thumb and the tip of the outstretched little finger, = 3 palaistai. link to a chart showing relationships between ancient Greek units of length.

Attic 22.2 cm
Olympic 24.0 cm
Pergamene 24.7 cm
Aeginetan 25.0 cm

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