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Regio VII

Weights and Measures Office


The Mensa Ponderaria, or rather the Weights and Measures Office, is situated in the immediate neighborhood of the fruit and vegetable market. It contains a table with the legal measures of weights and volumes.


The municipality established it so as to impede arbitrary measurements by the merchants. In the large limestone slab there are nine circular cavities, each of which corresponds to a measure. An opening at the bottom allowed the weighed merchandise to fall out. The  mensa predates the foundation of the colony and since Oscan measures do not correspond to Roman ones, in 20 B.C. a commission conformed the cavities to the new units of measures.


Suburban Baths | Temple of Apollo

Weights and Measures Office | Forum Olitorium

Temple of Jupiter | Macellum

Sacello Larum pubblicorum | Temple of Vespasian

Building of Eumachia | Stabian Baths

House of Sirico | Brothel

Pistrinum of Modesto | Temple of Fortuna Augusta

Forum Baths | Via delle Terme

Via della Fortuna | Vicolo del Lupanare


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