Modius, or Grain Measure


English Heritage

English Heritage
United Kingdom

Copper alloy modius, or grain measure. The inscription states that the vessel holds 17 ½ sextarii although in fact it holds 20.8. If this vessel was used to collect tax in the form of grain, then the army was swindling the tax payers. The name of the emperor Domitian has also been scratched off, as after his death the senate wanted to erase his memory from public record.


  • Title: Modius, or Grain Measure
  • Date Created: Roman
  • Location: Chester Roman Fort
  • Type: Grain Measure
  • Original Source: CHESTERS ROMAN FORT
  • Rights: Trustees of the Clayton Collection and English Heritage
  • Medium: copper alloy
  • Photographer: Bob Smith

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