a belated thank you to people who answered. It is a little rude of me to wait, but as you can see I have been trying to figure out things.
I have an interest in the incuse
coinage of Magna Graecia
which is where the Pythagoreans were most prominent, and so I was wondering what would happen if one converted measurements into something the ancients would use, would anything interesting turn up? A Sybaris stater
is about 8.1 grams which converted into grains
would be 125.002 grains
. If you are a Pythagorean, your a mathematician, but your also a number mystic reading into numbers (for example, lucky number 7 for the Greeks
meant opportunity). I am not saying that there is any merit
to reading into numbers, it is a spurious activity except maybe a kind of aesthetic to it. If you are "into" numbers though certain numbers are more beautiful than others. As Sheldon said on Big Bang Theory, 72 is a nine (on scale
from one to ten). Why? because 72=2 cubed times 3 squared. (2^3)(3^2). It is just a very elegant number and we do know that the Pythagoreans played with "square" numbers and "triangular" numbers and so forth. Another elegant number is 125, or 5^3. Is it a coincidence that the incuse
coinage is around 8.1 grams (125 gr.)?
There is a die/weight that was found in Sybaris. On it it an inscription
that has three, in a vertical 'column,'
. An incuse stater
is divisible into three drachms. The inscription
stands for "deka" repeated three times, in other words, 30 drachms or 10 stater
. The weight
weighs 80.55 grams. or roughly 1250 grains
. It is not exact for our tastes, but I think it should be considered in the acceptable range. For that matter, a grain is not exactly that exact a measurement, if one is weighing barley.
I don't think that any other standard
works for these "number games". I think with every other standard
if one converts it, you get numbers in the tenths, hundredths, etc. places. in other words, not a nice neat whole number like 125. But, I do think that it works for the early incuse
staters, before the standard
began to decline.