[Review] Allain on Roper, 'The Torrid Zone: Caribbean Colonization and Cultural Interaction in the Long Seventeenth Century' cross-posted from H-LatAm

Allain on Roper, 'The Torrid Zone: Caribbean Colonization and Cultural Interaction in the Long Seventeenth Century'
by Kristin Condotta Lee
Review published on Monday, December 3, 2018
Author:
L. H. Roper
Reviewer:
Jacqueline Allain
Allain on Roper, 'The Torrid Zone: Caribbean Colonization and Cultural Interaction in the Long Seventeenth Century'

Re: Meaning of "a meter of oil" in the 17th century

The unit is medre (مدره). Zenker (Türkisch-Arabisch-Persisches Handwörterbuch) has it, with the following definition: mésure pour les liquides, ein Mass für Flüssigkeiten. See also the appendix on weights and measures in Inalcik and Quataert (Economic and Social History) for the equivalent in okka as concerns wine. I have not yet seen it in connection with oil but it does not surprise me.

Best,

Eleni Gara

Re: Meaning of "a meter of oil" in the 17th century

Dear Christoph Neumann
Thanks very much for your reply. Shortly after posting this query I found an explanation in Nathan Bailey, An Universal Etymological English Dictionary. 20th edn, London, 1764, defining “metre” as a measure of wine used in Turkey, consisting of “2 Quarts 1 Pint 1 3d”. I am now curious about the origin of this measurement. Could it be Byzantine?
Regards
Mary

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