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"Things to See: The Mensa Ponderaria" Mensa Ponderaria - Weight Measures Tip by goodfish

  Mensa Ponderaria, Pompeii
by goodfish

This odd-looking slab in an alcove of the Forum is a mensa ponderaria: table of measures. The graduated sizes of depressions were used as the official units of measure by which goods were sold - assuring equitable competition among merchants and a fair deal for the customer. There are holes in the bottom of the "bowls" through which the product was drained after measuring. This particular table dates to before the Roman era and the original bowl sizes were altered to conform to later Augustan standards.

Address: Forum area, Pompeii

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  • Updated Nov 21, 2011
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